Kenneth L. (Brad) Bradford passed away June 10, 2017 when his kind heart beat its last.
Kenny was born January 30, 1930 in Buckley, WA. to Paul & Mabel Bradford.
He lived most of his life in Auburn, WA. where he graduated from Auburn High School, although some of his favorite stories of his childhood came from his 6th grade year when the family lived in Wilbur, WA, with its dirt roads, and kids riding their horses to school, and all the charms of small town rural living.
Like many people in the depression era, Kenny grew up in a house full of love, but not much else. That taught him to be careful with his resources, to appreciate what he had, to give freely of himself, and to have fun in any situation. He loved to make people laugh, and did so even to his last hour.
Kenny got his first real job when he was 17 years old as a clean up kid at Dahlgren-Massey’s Food Center. He worked there in the meat department from 1947 until the day they closed their doors in 1991. He served generations of shoppers and watched, from his perch behind his well used butcher block, as their families grew. He loved his work and felt a kinship with his coworkers and his customers.
He married his wife, Lois Holm, on July 30,1960 and they lived happily in Auburn, raising their two sons, all while living within walking distance of his work. When he did drive, his favorite mode of transportation was always one of his old classic pick up trucks which were easily recognizable for their pristine condition.
Kenny was active in the community. He served on the city’s building commission, worked on fundraisers for causes such as the building of the first YMCA pool, and sending girls from the Angels track & field club to represent our community at Nationals. He also helped kick off programs like a local YMCA Indian Guides Group (Father & Son – Pals Forever), the first two WSYSA soccer teams from Auburn, and a donation funded lunch program at Messiah Lutheran Church for local high school students.
Kenny was honored by the City of Auburn in 2004 as a Hometown Hero, and can be seen on the White River Museum video series on Local Legends.
He loved fishing and golfing, and he loved to watch high school sports and Huskies football.
Mostly, he loved his friends and his family.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Bradford, sons Chris Jewett (Cheryl) and Craig Jewett (Shirley), sisters Mary Jaton and Betty Krietter (Ray), sister-in-law Wanda Bradford, 5 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, and Nieces and Nephews, all of whom he cherished.
He is preceded in death by Paul & Mabel Bradford, Harold Bradford (Wanda), Marjorie (Ryan) Bradford, & Jeffrey Bradford.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday June 29, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church 410 H St. NE Auburn, WA