PENDLETON — Pendleton resident, business owner and longtime community volunteer Fred Bradbury has died. He was 80.
He died Friday, July 8, shortly after 1 p.m., at Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Richland, Washington, according to his son, Jeff.
“Dad had no health issues, except for his heart,” Jeff Bradbury said. “At his checkup, they said everything was like in a young man, but the little arteries in his heart. It was unexpected.”
Bradbury was born May 13, 1942, in Portland. He is survived by his son Jeff, wife Donna, grandsons Preston, of Black Diamond, Washington, and Jerry and half brother Jay in California.
The family is making funeral arrangements through Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop, Pendleton, but the time and place of a memorial service are yet to be decided.
Bradbury’s business interests included Elite Guns & Tactical, 1400 S.W. Court Ave., and Bradbury Rental, with 50 apartments and houses.
Bradbury recently completed follow-up work on the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ annual Fourth of July parade. Among his other civic association activities were memberships in the Eagles Lodge, Pendleton Downtown Association and Main Street Cowboys.
“It’s sad whenever you lose a friend,” said Johnny Blagg, Cowboy’s president. “He was our Tenderfoot, Pendleton’s second oldest community service award.”
“Fred was very important to VFW activities,” said Post 922 Commander Clifford Smith of Athena. “He was instrumental in reinstating our Fourth of July parade, and was post quartermaster for several years.”
Smith noted Bradbury was chairman of the VFW Cowboy Breakfast during Pendleton Round-Up.
“The sad news was a shock,” he added. “I had just worked with him on the parade.”
“Fred’s loss leaves a large hole in Pendleton’s volunteer community,” said Pendleton Mayor John Turner, Bradbury’s fellow U.S. Marine Corps veteran. “He was a vital volunteer in so many different areas. In the Downtown Association, he worked steadily and quietly.”
Turner noted Bradbury also had served as the treasurer of a local political action committee a few years ago.
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