John Paul Bradley

Thursday, May 16, 2019

John Paul Bradley was born on Dec. 19, 1942, to Phil and Jean Bradley. He left his earthly life on May 5, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

John grew up and attended schools in Garneill and Judith Gap, graduating from Judith Gap High School in 1961. He married Patricia Johnston Petty in Lewistown on Sept. 10, 1967. They had two daughters; Quincy Petty and Colleen (Mike) Blatnick and one son Ross (Alisha) Bradley. They also had three grandchildren; Josie, Colton, and Zachary Bradley.

John spent most of his younger adult life owning and operating a dirt moving construction business where he built many dams, roads, cleared brush and developed springs, etc. Due to health complications in later life, they moved to Lewistown where he had a welding and fabrication shop where he seemed to be able to figure out how to build or fix anything. Along with a real talent in running big construction equipment, he was very musically talented (especially on the accordion) and artistic.

John is survived by his immediate family, his siblings: Ann Powell; Peggy Stoltz; Russ (Kim) Bradley; Becky (Bob) Tidwell; and Jane (Dwane) Hart, and sister-in-law, Janice Bradley; two aunts; Helen Elliot and Zelinda Songer; and an uncle; Harry Peck. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends. He was proceeded in death by his parents, and a brother, Bill and several brothers-in-law and nephews.

A special thank you goes out to all those who took such great care of him these past years at Eagle Manor and the Central Montana Medical Center hospital and nursing home.

John was a man who worked hard, played hard, and had a big heart. A reception is planned at the Garneill Community Hall Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. All are invited to attend to meet with family and friends to celebrate John.



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