Major Bradley S. Abels, M.D., USAF, residing in Newport News, Virginia, died suddenly in a traffic accident Tuesday evening, July 27, 2004, on Route 35 near Winfield, West Virginia. Major Abels was the son of Doctor Gene and Jean Allyn Abels of Gallipolis. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two children, Alex and Lani and three sisters, Barbara Abels, Hawaii; Beth Abels, Arcata, California; and Sara Abels and Son, Bradley Cline, Anchorage, Alaska. Other survivors include two aunts and uncles, Tom and Carol Allyn and George and Ruth Abels, a special Great Aunt and Uncle, Harold (Gills) and Doris Bradley and several cousins. Major Abels was born September 16, 1960 and grew up in Gallipolis, where he had many friends. He was an honor student and graduated from Gallia Academy High School in 1978, having served as President of the Senior Class. He attended Miami University at Oxford, followed by Ohio Wesleyan, graduating Suma Cum Laude from Otterbein College. Following college, he joined the Navy, attending Officers Candidate School. He spent six years with the Navy, stationed mostly in Hawaii and the South Pacific. Following this, he transferred into the Air Force, where he enrolled in the Uniform Services Medical School. His internship was Bethesda, Maryland. The next two years were spent in Japan, before returning to the States and entering a residency program in San Antonio, Texas. Having passed both oral and written boards, he was certified in emergency room medicine. Funeral services will be conducted 3:00 P.M., Saturday, July 31, 2004, at the Grace United Methodist Church, 600 Second Ave., Gallipolis, Ohio with Pastor Barbara Jean Carriere officiating. Visitation will be Friday, July 30, 2004 from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. at McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, 420 First Avenue, Gallipolis, Ohio. Military graveside services will be conducted at the Punch Bowl Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Ariel Theatre, 426 Second Avenue; Bossard Memorial Library, 7 Spruce Street; City Parks and Tree Fund, 518 Second Avenue; French Art Colony, PO Box 472; the Gallia County Animal Welfare League, Box 216 or a local non-profit agency of your choice. All named agencies are located in Gallipolis. Condolences can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or www.timeformemory.com/mm.
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