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Clyde "Don" Bradley

September 29, 1935 December 18, 2012
Clyde "Don" Bradley
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MORTON – Clyde L. “Don” Bradley, 77, of Morton, passed away at 4:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.
Don was born on September 29, 1935 in Cairo, IL to Clyde Joseph and Gladys Irene (Holmes) Bradley. He married Flora M. Mattson on July 2, 1956 in Mound City, IL. She survives.
He is also survived by three daughters, Mary Ellen (Glen) Forck of Peoria, Stephanie Jeanne (Keith McElyea) Bradley of Indianapolis, and Lori (Mike) Marriott of East Peoria; five grandchildren, Amanda, Jacob (Stacey), and Nathaniel Marriott and Aaron and Matthew Forck; one sister, Myra (Tom) Neeley of Cairo, IL; and two brothers Jerry (Michelle) Bradley of Midlothian, IL and Larry (Mary Ellen) Mohundro of Cape Girardeau, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Don was an Army veteran. He first worked at E.L. Bruce Company and later worked as an assembler at Caterpillar where he was known as “Doc” by his fellow workers. He retired from Caterpillar on January 1, 1992.
He was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church in East Peoria. He was also a member of the Ships in Bottles Association of America and the National Woodcarvers Association.
Don was a woodcarver who was nationally and internationally recognized with his ships in bottles. He was a true artist at carving annual Christmas ornaments along with other wood creations that were featured in various local media. However, his greatest joy was being a grandfather.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 22, 2012 at St. Monica Catholic Church. Father Kenneth Marchulones will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2012 at St. Monica Catholic Church with a scripture reading at 7 p.m. An additional visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in Hirstein Cemetery, Morton. Wright Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Children’s Center of Tazewell County or Illinois Cancer Care.
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