Richard E. 'Bud' Bradley

October 3, 1933 ~ December 17, 2021 (age 88)


Richard E. ‘Bud’ Bradley, 88, of Greenville, passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021, at SSM Health Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.


Bud was born October 3, 1933, in Quincy, Illinois to Ellis Eugene and Cleola (Brock) Bradley. He proudly served our country, in the United States Navy, from 1956-1962. He married Theresa Herman on June 26, 1999, at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville, Illinois and they had enjoyed 22 years of marriage.


After a prolonged battle with health issues, almost all members of the immediate family had been with him in the last hours. He was known for his avid interest in the Bible and his devotion to his family and friends.  Bud was not afraid to travel and would often drive across states to lend a hand to one of his grown children.  In his later years, having known loss himself, losing his wife, Debra Bradley, he volunteered with Hospice to bring comfort and solace to those in Greenville who were terminally ill.  Bud had a wonderful singing voice and was a true baseball fan. Though later his loyalty was with the St. Louis Cardinals, he was able to combine these two traits when he was asked to sing the National Anthem at a Cincinnati Reds game in the 60’s. Bud Bradley was loved by friends and family and will be sorely missed.



Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis & Cleola and his wife, Debra.  


He is survived by his children: Chad (Rosie) Jackson of Kewanee, Illinois, Kevin Bachmann of Greenville, Illinois, Julie Chinn of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, Laura Christian of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Andrea (Steve) Suess of Maryville, Illinois, Mindy (Christian) Beauregard of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Diego Jackson of RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, Elena Jackson of Kewanee, Illinois, Laura Elizabeth Chinn of Strasburg, Germany, Katie Efferson of Shreveport, Louisiana, Danae Christian of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Ben Christian of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Paul Suess of Collinsville, Illinois, Tony Suess of Collinsville, Illinois; and 7 great-grandchildren.


A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the First Christian Church, 1100 Killarney Drive, Greenville, Illinois, with the Rev. Tyson Graber officiating.


Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, plants, and other gifts, may be given to the First Christian Church, 1100 Killarney Drive, Greenville, Illinois 62246.


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Celebration of Life
December 29, 2021

11:00 AM
First Christian Church (Killarney Drive, Greenville, Illinois)


First Christian Church of Greenville
1100 Killarney Dr., Greenville IL 62246

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