Robert Eugene Bradley

  • Born: May 7, 1933
  • Died: October 8, 2019
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert Eugene Bradley, age 86 of Sterling, died Tuesday, October 08, 2019 at the Citadel of Sterling.

Robert was born on May 7, 1933 in Amboy, the son of Robert and Isabel (Harvey) Bradley. He is a United States Army Veteran. Robert married Margaret Ann Weaver on July 10, 1954 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. She preceded him in death on August 1, 2010. He worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 33 years and owned Bob Bradley Construction for 40 years. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling where he served as an usher, an extraordinary minister to shut ins and fundraised for Catholic Charities. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, VFW and on the Whiteside County Board from 2010 - 2017. Bob was an IHSA football referee, an avid Notre Dame Football fan and enjoyed golfing. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, who affectionately knew him as "Grandpa Truck".

Survivors include his two daughters, Patricia (Robert) Hinshaw of Birmingham, AL and Sheri (Edward) Malone of Lacrosse, WI; his three sons, Robert (Amy) Bradley, Jr. of Birmingham, AL, Mike (Kim) Bradley of Dixon, IL and Craig (Lori) Bradley of Bonney Lake, WA; fifteen grandchildren, Margaret Ann, Robert, Susan, John, Joseph, Kathryn, Winnie, Connor, Molly, Brady, Caleb, Sean, Jessica, Connor and Michael; and twelve great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret of 57 years; his parents; one brother, Dennis Bradley; and two sisters, Julia Lightner and Nancy Bradley.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the church with the Reverend James R. Keenan, Celebrant officiating. Private burial will be held for family.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or St. Mary Catholic School.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Bob's family, I grew up on Woodlawn Road and boarded my horse at Gramps Weaver's farm. I have fond memories of the farm and met Bob at the farm. Thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.

Posted by Karen Weidel O'Malley - Sterling, IL - Neighbor   October 27, 2019

To all the family, God's love surrounds you all, as does ours. Bob's memory will always be our keepsake from his singing Danny Boy,calling us every April Fool's Day of a deer in our yard, Tim & Bob officiating IHSA Football together as Margaret & I shared stories of the whistles left in the bathroom or Bob's wearing 2 different shoes, or grass stains on their knickers after being knocked down, to building our dream house on Farley Rd, watching his family grow with beautiful kids & his grandchildren & great grand children.At this time may you all find comfort in your family memories. Bob is finally going to be with his adoring Margaret Ann who was the love of his life as well as ours. We'll miss you Bob! Love to you all.Tim, Sandi, & family

Posted by Sandi Cox - Sterling, IL - Family Friend   October 13, 2019

My condolences to your family. Bob was my customer at the bank and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations over the years.

Posted by Teri Rodgers - Sterling, IL - Friend   October 11, 2019

I was sorry to hear of Bob's passing and pray for the Bradley family that you will find peace in knowing that he is now reunited with his precious "Mugs".

I remember Bob as being very proud of his Irish heritage and fond memories of Dennis and I going to Notre Dame football games with him and Margaret Ann.. I remember one occasion we were discussing the origin of the name Bradley being English. Bob told me that may be true but his Bradley roots were straight from Ireland!! AND he Meant it !!

Another fond memory was celebrating the Bears especially 1985 Bears .His brother Dennis and I had a grand time with Bob and family doing the "super Bowl Shuffle" and enjoying the great victory.
sending my love to all! Diana Bradley

Posted by diana bradley - ROSCOE, IL - Family   October 10, 2019

So sorry to read of Bob's passing. He was my Godfather. Such a kind and gentle soul. He was my Mother's favorite cousin. I'm happy I got to speak with him at Uncle Larry's funeral. Peace be with you and your families.

Posted by Rebecca Brown - Palmetto, FL - Family   October 10, 2019

Dear Bob & Amy, We are so saddened about the passing of your Father/Father-in-law. I know you all will miss him so much. We will be praying for all of the Bradley family. Love, Bob & Janice

Posted by Bob & Janice Bowen - Alabaster, AL - Family   October 10, 2019

To Bob Bradley's Family
I knew your mom & dad for so many years. Such good and kind people. I pray that your father is at peace and reunited with your mom in heaven. Praying that our Lord comforts you during this difficult time.
the Dr Joseph Gaziano Family
Carolyn, Joe & Sophie, Jake & Serena

Posted by Carolyn Gaziano - Rockford, IL - Friend   October 10, 2019