Bradshaw Jr., William Walter (November 13, 1914 - December 24, 1997)

William Bradshaw

Douglas Budget - January 1, 1997

William Walter Bradshaw, Jr., 82, died at Community Care of Laramie on Dec. 24 following a long illness.

He was born on Nov. 13, 1914, in Hamilton Township, Trenton, N.J. He graduated from Pennsylvania State College of Forestry at Mount Alto in 1937.

His first assignment was in Bradford, Vt., on a huge hurricane salvage and clean-up from Boston to Maine. In July 1939 Mr. Bradshaw was assigned to timber sale in Denver. He married Eva Degney in Greeley, Colo., on Oct. 13, 1940.

Valley Rangers Station in the Shoshone Forest became his home in 1942 where he served as a District Ranger. In 1946 he moved to Sunlight Basin where he served for a short time before becoming the manager for the 27,000 acre Mackay Ranch at Ismay, Mont., where he raised Hereford cattle and Arabian horses.

Isolation became a problem for schooling, so the family moved to Cody and farmed.

Mr. Bradshaw returned to the Forest Service in 1958 when he became at ranger at Shell Creed in the Big Horn National Forest, before becoming the District Ranger of the Thunder Basin National Grassland with 572,000 acres assigned to him.

He became Range Staff Officer in the Medicine Bow National Forest in Laramie in 1964 and retired in 1975.

He had many hobbies, including trapping and predator control, photography, fishing with his dog, Lacy, and lure-making. He loved people, ballroom dancing and the senior swimming program. He is also remembered for many hours sailing with family and friends in his 22 foot sailboat.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Thomas Bradshaw.

He is survived by his wife, Eva; son Dick and wife Nettie of Saratoga; daughters Lucille Taylor and husband Dennis of Douglas, and Jeanne Dial and husband Pete of Kingfisher, Okla., and Kathie Till and husband Steve of Worland.

Other survivors are grandchildren Wendy Johnson, Julie Snyder, Stephanie Williams, Karen Bradshaw, Kimberly Kern, Kassidy Kern, Amanda Till and Jeff Wilcox, three great-granddaughters and four nephews.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Jan. 2 at the First Methodist Church at 1215 E. Gibbon in Laramie. A reception and lunch will be held immediately following the service at Wilson Hall. Rev. Ed Bigler will be officiating.

Those wishing to make contributions in his memory may send them to the Albany County Public Library, 310 S. 8th, or a charity of choice.


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