May 292013

Alfred Gene Bradley, 88, loving husband, father, granddad and great-granddad, and longtime resident of Holbrook, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at his home in Cottonwood. A military service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 3, at the Prescott National Cemetery, 500 N. Highway 89 in Prescott.
Born Dec. 3, 1924, in Prescott, Gene attended elementary school there, then moved to Holbrook, where he graduated from high school. After graduation in 1944, during World War II, he joined the Navy and was part of the 23rd CB Battalion, serving in the Pacific.
Discharged at the end of the war, he went back to Holbrook, and met and married Shirley Aldrich. They moved to Lubbock, Texas, where Gene attended Texas Technological College. They then moved back to Holbrook, where Gene worked for his father, R.P. Bradley. There they had their three children.
Gene took over the Union Oil Company business when his father retired. As a side note, R.P. and partner started the company in 1936. R.P. bought his partner out a few years later. Gene took the company over in 1971 when R.P. retired and renamed the company Bradco. Gene retired in 1991 and his son, John, took over and still owns the business.
Gene and Shirley were married 66 years, and enjoyed traveling, boating, and fishing with family and friends. Gene enjoyed reading and carpentry, and had a love for model trains. He was a longtime member of Holbrook Masonic Lodge, and also belonged to the Elks Lodge and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; three grown children, daughters Connie (Larry) Doughty and Diane (Mark) Warren, and son John (Sandy) Bradley; grandsons Kevin (Penny) Doughty, Christopher Warren, Brian Bradley and Michael Bradley, and granddaughter Cheryl (Nick) Zack; and great-grandsons Thomas and Cole Doughty, and Ian Zack.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice, 203 S. Candy Lane, Suite 10A, Cottonwood, Ariz. 86326, or to the church or charity of your choice.