Clare Eugene Bradford - 67

9/9/1950 - 9/5/2018

Byron, IL

Byron – Clare Eugene Bradford, “ Mr. B”, age 67, died Wed., Sept. 5, 2018 at Swedish  American Hospital in Rockford, IL.  He was born Sept. 9, 1950 in Oregon , IL the son of Clare LaVerne and Mildred J. (Gaede) Bradford.  He graduated from Oregon High School in 1968. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. He then received his Master’s Degree from National Louis University.  He married Rita Forrester on Jan. 26, 1973 at the United Methodist Church in Oregon.  Mr. B taught in the Byron School System for 32 years retiring in 2006.  He was a former Byron Middle School wrestling coach.  His family was his main focus never missing a family event especially if it involved his granddaughter Caroline whom he loved immensely.  He was an avid woodworker and an all around handyman.  He loved to travel, go to movies, and go for walks in the woods with his wife Rita of 45 years.  He is survived by his wife Rita, son and daughter-in-law Justin (Katie Bouton) Bradford, granddaughter Caroline Grace Bradford, brother-in-law Robert L. Brashaw, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, brother Robert S. Bradford, and sister Phyllis Ann Brashaw. 

A memorial service will be held Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St. in Byron, Illinois with the Pastor David Rogula officiating.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2-5 pm at the funeral home. A memorial fund is established for a academic scholarship at the Byron High School for a Byron High school graduate who will be pursuing a degree in education or the science field. 

Visitation:

Visitation will be held Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 from 2-5 pm at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St. in Byron, IL

Memorial Service:

A Memorial service will be held 11:00 am Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Byron, IL

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