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Lewis Everett “Lew” Bradford, 77, of Baker City, died Feb. 17, 2005, at his home from a massive heart attack.
His funeral was at 1 o’clock today at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. Members of the Elks Lodge and Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church officiated. There was a reception afterward at the Elks Lodge.
Lew was born on Nov. 28, 1928, at Salem to Elbert and Velma Bradford. He attended grade school at Salem and was a 1946 Eugene High School graduate. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1947, serving his country for six years, including time in the Korean conflict. He served on various aircraft carriers, including the USS Leyte as an aircraft mechanic.
Upon discharge, Lew’s 31-year career with General Motors began in California. He was transferred to Portland where he continued to work until his retirement in 1988.
He then found a new and fulfilling career as a house painter. He also enjoyed golf, tennis, fishing, camping and hunting.
In 1977, Lew and his wife, Carol, relocated to Baker City. Through new friends, he came to enjoy ice fishing and riding all-terrain vehicles. He continued his love of fishing, hunting and camping.
Lew and Carol became volunteers with the Trail Tenders and the Baker Elks Lodge and its hide committee, annual Bronc and Bull Riding Blow-out and other community projects.
Lew was devoted to his family.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 48 years, Carol of Baker City; his brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Lillian Bradford of Pinehurst, Idaho; daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Ed Malo of Fox Lake, Ill., and Nancy and Neal Thibodeaux of Woodland, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, James and Dana Bradford of Gresham; granddaughter, Devon Malo; five stepgrandchildren, Robin and Ryan Malo, Neal Jr. and Nissa Thibodeaux and Jessica Drogo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 24, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor