Douglas W. Bradley died Friday, July 15, at Select Specialty Hospital in Madison, Wis. He was born September 17, 1943, at a cost of $66.95 which included an eight day stay and a 10% charge for increased war costs on hospital supplies and drugs. He spent most of his life involved in education and sports. He started by tagging along with his dad as a foul ball chaser and bat boy and continued as a three-sport athlete at Ripon High School and Ripon College.
Doug was most proud of being a first-team, all-conference receiver in 1963 on the last undefeated Ripon College football team. He was also proud to be an athlete of the class 1966 which still remains the only class in Ripon College history to compile a three year varsity win record of 90% or higher. Doug was inducted into the Ripon College Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and presented the same award to his son Mark in 2010. Doug and Mark Bradley were the first father/son duo inducted as athletes into Ripon’s Hall of Fame.
Doug signed his first teaching contract in 1966 as a biology teacher, assistant football coach and head baseball coach. During his career, he coached football, baseball, wrestling, softball and track at the high school and college level. After retiring in 2006 as athletic director at Wautoma High School, he enjoyed attending high school football, wrestling and softball events and watching his grandchildren participate in sports.
Doug was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba and served on the church council. He was a member of the dart ball team where he was the self-proclaimed head of the sportsmanship committee. He was a past member of the Ripon Rotary Club and, in 2009, was named a Paul Harris Fellow for his work with the STRIVE program at Ripon High School.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents Neal and Dorothea Bradley.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gaylene of Escanaba, daughter, Kristine (Darren) Timm and grandchildren Kiley and Sadie of Marshall, Wis; son, Mark (Jane) Bradley and grandchildren Tyler, Ashley, Alyssa, Anna and Luke of Ripon, Wis. He loved his grandchildren and didn’t miss a chance to “bamboozle” the “peanut gallery” nor did they miss a chance to “scare” Grampa.
He is also survived by his sister Cheryl (Bruce) Miller of Ripon, Wis., sisters Barbara Bradley of New London, Wis., and Roseann Reynolds of Byron, Ill., brother Marland (Bettie) Bradley of Spring Hill, Fla., sister-in-law Charlotte Spellacy of Ponte Vedra, Fla., brother-in-law John (Jackie) Kaanta of Elk Mound, Wis., and brother-in-law Larry Hollingsworth of Elk Mound, Wis., along with several nieces and nephews. He is remembered by many friends and former athletes.
Memorial services will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba, Friday, July 22 at 11 a.m. and in Ripon, Wis. at the VFW, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Douglas would rather see families go spend time together and “go out for breakfast.”