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Ronald Lee Bradford
October 31, 1967 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 56) 56 Years Old
SSG Ronald Lee Bradford, 56, passed away in the early hours on Monday, January 22,
2024, in Libby, Montana, after a courageous battle with ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s disease. Born on
October 31, 1967, in Prince George's, Maryland, Ron was the eldest son of the four children of
Donald Bradford and Nancy Bradford.
Ron was raised in California where he participated in hobbies including the school band,
wrestling team, and was an avid artist. Ron graduated from King City High School as a member
of the Class of 1986. Shortly after graduation, Ron moved to Michigan where he attended the
Macomb Community College pursuing a career in architecture. In a turn of events, Ron made a
change of career plans and enlisted in the United States Army where he found himself actively
rising through the ranks and retiring after twenty-five years of service. He served much of his
time overseas serving multiple campaigns in Iraq and Kosovo earning medals and awards for
his contributions. Just like how Ron’s plans for college didn't quite go as planned, his plan to
jump out of airplanes in the Army was quickly reoriented to becoming an engineer which he
grew too thoroughly enjoy.
Outside of his career, Ron enjoyed engaging in his favorite past times and hobbies once he
had returned to the states and settled in Alaska in 2015. He loved to indulge in the fantasy
realms of Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. If you didn't find Ron with his nose
in a novel, he could be found seeking a sweet treat like a York peppermint patty, however, he
wouldn’t have been opposed to any cookie or sliced cake offering.
Ron is survived by sisters Kim Bradford and Connie (Ben) Boatwright, his sons Sean
Bradford of Honolulu, HI and Ian Broadnax of Zurich, Switzerland, grandson Ryan Bradford of
Washington, nieces Ciarra (Logan) Sturgis and Cheyanne Bradford, nephews Chris (Jenna)
Bradford, Tj Bradford, Jacob Boatwright, Daniel Boatwright, and Cole Gabbert. He is preceded
in death by brother Richard Bradford and parents Donald Bradford and Nancy Bradford.
Service and burial will be in Michigan at a later date. The family does not wish to receive
flowers, but instead would like any contributions go to the ALS foundation in remembrance of Ron and his battle with ALS to honor his strength and to carry on his legacy of kindness. Arrangements are under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby, MT. Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting www.schnackenbergfh.com.