Larry Curtice Bradley, 71, of Nevada, fortified by the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, died November 22 in St. Louis, MO from pneumonia, pancreatic cancer, and complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was born July 3, 1950, in Neosho, MO to Mary Ann Clark Bradley and Curtice Lee Bradley. He grew up in Pineville, MO. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and a Master’s in Librarianship from Emporia State University. He came to Nevada in March 1974 to replace the retiring Dorothy Hill as director of the Nevada Public Library. He was working as an IT Supervisor for the State of Missouri until stricken by his final illness.
He was married February 8, 1975, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church to Karen Lynn Taylor of Nevada. He was an active member of the community and had belonged to the Optimist Club, the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, was a member and president of the Nevada Library Board of Directors, was a member and President of the Nevada Parks and Recreation Board and enjoyed playing bridge in several bridge clubs. He admired, respected, and loved the work of the Rotary Club and would have been a 48-year member in March 2022. He had served as President of the Nevada club and had been their longtime secretary. He also served as President of the Fort Scott Rotary Club during the years that he worked for Fort Scott Community College. He served numerous terms as Assistant District Governor for District 6110 and enjoyed visiting other clubs in the District and making Rotary friendships. He was a Paul Harris Fellow. He represented Vernon County as a member of the Children’s Mercy Hospital Regional Council for several years. However, what he loved most was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his widow, Karen; a son, Joseph Pohl and daughter-in-law, Abbie Ann of St. Louis; a daughter, Joanna Lynn and son-in-law, Phillip Aaron Wesley of Kansas City; four grandchildren, Ainsley Olivia and Andrew Ross Bradley; and Henry Joseph Bradley and Lena Alexandra Wesley; his brother, Clark Bradley of Joplin, a sister-in-law, Cheri Earnest, and her husband, Doug of Branson, sister-in-law Nancy Alt, and her husband, Dennis of Shawnee, KS as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and an uncle. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nevada. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Nevada. The rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 30, 2021, and the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home following the rosary. Due to COVID and because of having immunosuppressed family members, we kindly ask for all who attend to wear a mask.
Memorials are suggested to The Rotary Foundation, or to Washington University Parkinson Disease Research, or the DAR Education Advancement for Missouri Junior Members Fund, c/o Ferry Funeral Home.