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L. Bradford, 77, of Galesburg died Friday, November 15, 2019 while
surrounded by loved ones at Heartland Home Healthcare Center.
born November 14, 1942 in Galesburg to William and Shirley (Morse)
Bradford. He married Pamela S. Gladfelter in Galesburg on August 24,
1968. She preceded in him death March 4, 2003.
survived by his children Darren L. (David Plazas) Bradford of
Nashville, Tennessee and Melanie D. (Christian) Clem of Colo, Iowa,
his significant other of 16 years Billie Norvelle whom he had shared
his home with in Galesburg and her children Kelly Kimmitt of
Galesburg and Melanie Price of Peoria. Also surviving is one grandson
Marshall Clem, one sister Judy C. (Ned) Norris of California, and all
of his favorite nieces and nephews—you know who you are! He will be
missed as “Papa Dave” by Stormie, Kamen, Clayton, Kelsey, Shawna,
Savannah, Jude and Thalia.
preceded in death by his parents, his wife Pamela, one brother Billy
Jo Bradford, and his son-in-law Dave Johnston.
raised in Galesburg, graduating from Galesburg High School in 1962.
He then completed technical school for the Telephone Company. David
worked as a technician for the former General Telephone Company, now
Frontier for 41 and a half years before retiring in 2006. He also
served for the ROTC Army National Guard. David was an avid Chicago
Bears and Chicago Cubs fan.
services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 23, 2019 at
Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services
Galesburg Chapel. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m.to 7:00p.m.,
Friday, November 22, 2019 at the chapel. Chaplain Jordan Knight will
officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers memorials may be donated to OSF Hospice. Online condolences
may be given at www.h-p-w.com.