William B Bradley


On the morning of July 11, 2019, Dr. William B Bradley of Macomb, Illinois passed away peacefully.

Born on November 28, 1926 in Rushville, Indiana to Dorothy Bradley (née Easley) and RB Bradley, he was one of six children, who knew him as "Billy."

On May 27, 1953, he married Pearle Poole of Surry, Virginia, and together they raised Rey (deceased), Phil, Ann and Cathy.

In 1945, Bill graduated from Rushville High School and completed a bachelor and advanced degrees from Indiana University earning his Doctorate of Physical Education in 1959. He participated in football and track & field as well as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Bill was a standout, multi-sport high school and collegiate student-athlete. He was a member of the IU Big Ten championship Football Team in 1945 and the All-Big Ten Conference Track Team in 1947. In 1970, he was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame District 25-F Lions Club Silver Anniversary High School Basketball Team.

Bill proudly served in the United States Army on active duty in 1950. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1952. He rose to the rank of 1st Lt., M.S.C., and was honorably discharged from the Army Reserve in 1958.

Bill was known as an avid golfer. In retirement, he and Pearle enjoyed winters in Lakeland, Florida, golfing with friends and family. He participated annually in the BTW Golf Outing.

He is survived by Pearle, of Macomb; son, Phil Bradley (Ramona), of FL; daughter, Ann Bradley, of PA; daughter, Cathy Bradley, of NY; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters Louella Goins of Rushville, IN and Joanne Bradley of Chicago, IL; and loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Visitation on Friday, July 19 from 5-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations made to the Booker T. Washington Center, Rushville.

Full obituary available www.dodsworthfh.com
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