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Jess Thomas Bradford

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Jess Thomas Bradford

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death
18 Dec 2004 (aged 77)
Richland, Benton County, Washington, USA
Burial
Richland, Benton County, Washington, USA Add to Map
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Jess passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, December 18, 2004 at Guardian Angel Homes in Richland after a long struggle with health problems. He was born to Grace and Harry Bradford in Los Angeles, CA on August 1, 1927. He grew up in the Los Angeles area with his parents, 2 sisters, and one brother.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1964, and retired after attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer Yeoman. Of his many career achievements, he was most proud of being presented with the ''Certificate of Recognition'' from Secretary of Defense William L. Cohen, for special services he provided during the Cold War. He served his country on destroyers, supply ships, and on the carrier USS Hornet. During his lengthy stays in Japan, Korea, and Hawaii, he enjoyed buying many treasures for Billie and his children. Then he would proudly have boxes and boxes carted down the gangway while his wife and children watched with anticipation. There were so many keepsakes to treasure.

On October 3, 1948, he married the love of his life, Billie Nadine Koontz in Las Vegas, NV. They met in the 7th grade and celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this year, forever friends. Together they raised three sons and one daughter, and have been blessed with 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, all of whom loved him dearly.

Jess & Billie and family moved to Richland in 1969 after living in Norwalk, CA for 15 years. After his career in the U.S. Navy, Jess worked in the trucking industry and at the Supply System for several years before retiring. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kennewick, Richland Masonic Lodge #283, the VFW, and the Fleet Reserve Association. After retirement, Jess & Billie vacationed all over the country, including cruises and Las Vegas trips with friends and family. Jess loved the sunshine and the outdoors, spending much time over the years camping and fishing with family, friends and his much beloved dachshund Joey. He also enjoyed woodworking, creating gifts for family and friends, including a crib, students' desks, planters, and countless toys and games for his grandchildren.

Jess is survived by his wife, Billie; his children and grandchildren, son Larry & wife Donna Kevin & wife Tiffany; Eric; son Dan & wife Sandy Chris & wife Liz, great grandsons Kade & Logan; Zachary, great grandsons Zachary Jr. & Zane; Brian, & Kaitlyn; daughter Becky; son Alan & wife Shawn Jessica Fieber & husband Mike; Craig; numerous nieces and nephews, and many close friends. Jess also leaves behind many navy buddies, including Bob Riley who is married to Billie's sister, Marilyn.

He is also survived by two sisters and a brother, Bertha Summers of Van Buren, AR, Minnie Fisher of Rogue River, OR, and Harry Bradford of Madera, CA. He is preceded in death by his parents, his nephew Bob Koontz, and his brother-in-law Dan Olson.

A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church in Kennewick, 2000 W. Kennewick Ave at 3:00pm on Saturday, January 8th.
Jess passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, December 18, 2004 at Guardian Angel Homes in Richland after a long struggle with health problems. He was born to Grace and Harry Bradford in Los Angeles, CA on August 1, 1927. He grew up in the Los Angeles area with his parents, 2 sisters, and one brother.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1964, and retired after attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer Yeoman. Of his many career achievements, he was most proud of being presented with the ''Certificate of Recognition'' from Secretary of Defense William L. Cohen, for special services he provided during the Cold War. He served his country on destroyers, supply ships, and on the carrier USS Hornet. During his lengthy stays in Japan, Korea, and Hawaii, he enjoyed buying many treasures for Billie and his children. Then he would proudly have boxes and boxes carted down the gangway while his wife and children watched with anticipation. There were so many keepsakes to treasure.

On October 3, 1948, he married the love of his life, Billie Nadine Koontz in Las Vegas, NV. They met in the 7th grade and celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this year, forever friends. Together they raised three sons and one daughter, and have been blessed with 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, all of whom loved him dearly.

Jess & Billie and family moved to Richland in 1969 after living in Norwalk, CA for 15 years. After his career in the U.S. Navy, Jess worked in the trucking industry and at the Supply System for several years before retiring. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kennewick, Richland Masonic Lodge #283, the VFW, and the Fleet Reserve Association. After retirement, Jess & Billie vacationed all over the country, including cruises and Las Vegas trips with friends and family. Jess loved the sunshine and the outdoors, spending much time over the years camping and fishing with family, friends and his much beloved dachshund Joey. He also enjoyed woodworking, creating gifts for family and friends, including a crib, students' desks, planters, and countless toys and games for his grandchildren.

Jess is survived by his wife, Billie; his children and grandchildren, son Larry & wife Donna Kevin & wife Tiffany; Eric; son Dan & wife Sandy Chris & wife Liz, great grandsons Kade & Logan; Zachary, great grandsons Zachary Jr. & Zane; Brian, & Kaitlyn; daughter Becky; son Alan & wife Shawn Jessica Fieber & husband Mike; Craig; numerous nieces and nephews, and many close friends. Jess also leaves behind many navy buddies, including Bob Riley who is married to Billie's sister, Marilyn.

He is also survived by two sisters and a brother, Bertha Summers of Van Buren, AR, Minnie Fisher of Rogue River, OR, and Harry Bradford of Madera, CA. He is preceded in death by his parents, his nephew Bob Koontz, and his brother-in-law Dan Olson.

A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church in Kennewick, 2000 W. Kennewick Ave at 3:00pm on Saturday, January 8th.


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