James “Mike” Bradley, 80, of Humboldt, passed away June 2, 2014 at the Paula Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge. Memorial services with full military honors will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt with the Rev. Christy Ehrle officiating. Visitation will follow the services during lunch at the church. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
James “Mike” Bradley, the son of Edwin Roy and Edith (Lionberger) Bradley, was born February 14, 1934 at Sioux City, Iowa. He was raised and educated at Sioux City and graduated from East High School in the Morningside Neighborhood. While growing up, Mike worked in his stepfather’s drug store and following his education, Mike traveled the country supporting himself along the way. He returned home just in time to be drafted into the United States Navy. He received his basic training at China Lake in the Mojave Desert and attended Corpsman’s School. He was drafted from the Navy into the Marines and sent to Korea where he was eventually attached to a MASH unit and served on the front as a corpsman. He returned to the States and completed his military career with the Navy. Following his honorable discharge, Mike returned to Sioux City where he had many professions, including dance instructor. Following a brief move to California, Mike returned home and put his medical experience to work in a meat processing lab where he helped to develop ways to lengthen the shelf life of meat. He then went to work for Dr. Cunningham then a medical supply company before moving to Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was working in the lab of St. Mary’s Hospital in Fort Dodge when he met Sally Goodell-Tookey and the couple was united in marriage in 1973. He then went to work for Iowa Medical Supply until his retirement and the couple made their home in Humboldt.
Mike was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing pool, cards and Trivial Pursuit. He loved music and enjoyed writing about his life’s adventures.
Mike is survived by his wife, Sally of Humboldt; daughter, Kimberly Ann (Deane) Davenport of Denver, CO; step-daughter, Victoria Grey of Pocahontas; step-sons, Barry (Teresa) Tookey and Lance (Roberta) Tookey both of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Cass (Robert) Heltzel, Clayton (Susan) Kirkegaard, Shane (Callie) Kirkegaard, Shawn Kirkegaard, Mariah Grey, Marissa Brent Tookey, and Isabel Davenport; and great grandson, Nathan Heltzel. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Edwin Keith Bradley.