Robert Byron Bradley, age 89 of Brookville, Indiana died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Covered Bridge Health Campus in Seymour, Indiana.
Born March 6, 1928 in Whitewater Township, Franklin County, Indiana he was the son of the late Reas & Caroline (Mueller) Bradley. On April 22, 1946 he and the former Harriett R. Flack were united in marriage and she preceded him in death on September 16, 2014.
As a young man he became interested in airplanes & aviation, and acquired his private Pilot’s License before his drivers license. In high school he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, and also worked at the Hamilton Airport until which time he joined the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. After his Honorable Discharge he returned home and began a 33 year career at General Electric in Evendale where he was manager of the jet engine instrumentation lab. He was also a graduate of Watchmakers School and a Certified Master Watchmaker. Upon retirement from GE he and his wife purchased Ritzi Jewelers in Brookville and operated it until 2012.
He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church; the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion; the Disabled American Veterans; as well as being an active member of the American Watchmakers Institute. He was a founding Board Member of the Franklin County Water Association. He was able to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington, DC., for the WWII Veterans. The things he treasured most in life were his family and flying.
Survivors include three sons & daughters-in-law, Robert J. (Joyce) Bradley and Howard A. (Colleen) Bradley all of Cedar Grove, Indiana, Donald H. (Kathleen) Bradley of Seymour, Indiana; a sister Marlene Skeoch of Dunkirk, Indiana; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces & nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Harriett, he was preceded in death by a sister Kathryn Thalheimer.
Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Ave., Brookville.
The Very Rev. Sean R. Danda will officicate the Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 10:30 A.M., at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 145 St. Michaels Blvd., Brookville. Burial with full military graveside honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookville.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Brookville Foundation. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to once again serve the Bradley family. To sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com