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 Don Columbus Bradford

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Don Columbus Bradford

Birth
Alamogordo, Otero County, New Mexico, USA
Death 10 Dec 2008 (aged 89)
Soldotna, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, USA
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Plot Section D Site 758A
Memorial ID 48028661 View Source
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CW4 US Army
World War II, Korea, Vietnam

Anchorage Daily News December 16, 2008

Longtime Alaska and Soldotna resident Don C. Bradford died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at home near Soldotna. He was 89. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Soldotna/Sterling Funeral Home, 35910 Jawle St., behind Big John's Tesoro. Nathan Morrison will officiate. Mr. Bradford will be buried with his wife Beatrice at Fort Richardson National Cemetery at a later date. Mr. Bradford was born Sept. 27, 1919. in Alamogordo, N.M., the oldest son of Doss and Vivian Bradford. He was raised on a ranch that is now a part of White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. He served in the U.S. Army for 27 years. He started when the Army still used horses for maneuvers and ended with his being one of a few special weapons inspectors in the country. During his career in the U.S. Army, he served as an infantry sergeant in Europe and later in Korea as a warrant officer. He was qualified for many awards with both rifle and pistol after the war, while stationed in Germany. He was stationed in Alaska beginning in 1962. He was at Gun Mountain Lodge on a caribou hunting trip during the 1964 earthquake. He left Alaska in 1966. He retired in 1967 with the rank of army warrant officer grade 4. Mr. Bradford returned to Alaska in 1989. Mr. Bradford was very active in the Church of Christ throughout his life. He was a preacher and song leader from approximately 1952 though 2005 and worked with congregations in Texas, New Mexico, California, Washington and Alaska. He maintained correspondence with many preachers and religious educators throughout the United States. He was considered by many to be a religious scholar of note. Mr. Bradford was an avid hunter and fisherman. His love of the outdoors was one of the things that brought him back to Alaska. Mr. Bradford was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Beatrice Effie (Ingram) Bradford. He is survived by his children, Don Bradford Jr. of Anchorage, Doss Bradford of Spokane, Wash., Darlene Steddum of Santa Monica, Calif., and David Bradford of Soldotna; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Walter, Max and Jack Bradford, all of California. The family prefers memorial donations rather than flowers be sent to the Heritage Place Bea Bradford Scholarship Fund, 232 Rockwell Ave., Soldotna 99669. Arrangements are with Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Visit the online memorial at legacy.com


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  • Created by: Teresa L. Watson
  • Added: 12 Feb 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 48028661
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/48028661/don-columbus-bradford : accessed ), memorial page for Don Columbus Bradford (30 Sep 1919–10 Dec 2008), Find a Grave Memorial ID 48028661, citing Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA ; Maintained by Teresa L. Watson (contributor 46577310) .