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George Curtis Bradley, age 89, of Greenville, passed away Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The son of William E. & Jane Phelps (Mills) Bradley, he was born on July 10, 1924 in Greenville. A 1942 graduate of Greenville High School, Curt lettered in golf and football, and in 1956 served as president of the Greenville Alumni Association.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Curt served during World War II and following the war attended the University of Michigan where he played center on the U of M first 150 pound football team in 1947 and was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity and the M Club. He graduated in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in nautical engineering and in 1951 was called up from the ready reserves to serve again in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict where he earned the rank of Lieutenant.

After several years of working in industry, Curt formed his own business as a freelance and technical writer. In addition to his lifelong hobby and joy of sailing, he was a nationally certified genealogist. He was baptized at the First Congregational Church, where he also served six years as a Deacon and was elected clerk in 2008. He also had been a member of the Sigma Theta, the Washington Club, served on the board of directors of the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation, and also volunteered at the Flat River Community Library.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Lois Jean (Kok) Bradley and Nancy Maria (Baylis) Bradley. On September 15, 2007, at the First Congregational Church, he married Marye Anne (Knapp) Kramer.

Surviving are his wife, Marye Anne Bradley of Greenville; three children, Polly Ann Bradley of Sycamore, IL, Jeffrey Walter Bradley of Grand Rapids, and Amy Bradley Martin, and her husband Lloyd G. Martin of Atlanta; his step-children, Patty Rieman, and her husband Joseph Pourroy, Leigh Anne & Allen Sias, Tim Aley, and Steve Aley; two grandchildren, Nicholas Bradley Gaynier and Madeline Bradley Brown; and several step-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Visitation is Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where envelopes for memorial contributions to either the Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes or the First Congregational Church are available.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the First Congregational Church, Greenville, with the Rev. Jerry Jones, pastor of the First Congregational Church, officiating. Military honors, rendered by the U.S. Navy, will conclude the ceremonies and a luncheon will follow.

Burial at Forest Home Cemetery will take place privately. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Curt’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on August 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

    John Bradley Ten Eyck

    Uncle Curt…
    How much we miss you. We will never forget your wonderful sense of humor, that warm smile so easily given and your love you so readily shared.


    Barbara Curtindale

    I remember ‘Curt’ when he was President and active in the Michigan Genealogical Council. A very nice gentleman. My condolences to the family.


    Joe & Shirley Baylis

    Curt indirectly is responsible for our marriage. He encouraged Joe to join Chi Psi and it was through the fraternity that we met. We both loved having Curt as a brother-in-law. For Joe it was 2 times, for Shirley it was once. May he Rest in Peace.


    Cindy Lillie

    Dear Family, My thoughts and prayers are truely with you at this time. I had the priviledge of meeting Curt a few years ago, and we were able to talk of genealogy, of which we both dearly loved. His grandfather William Bradley and my ggrandfather Absolum Magee were partners. It was exciting for us to share a little history. Curt was certainly a true Greenvilleite and will be missed. Sincerely Cindy Lillie


    Cindy Aley

    Sorry to hear about Curt, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.


    Robert & Sherryl Oliver

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Amy at this time


    Candace (Jaehnig) Larkin

    Greenville has lost a true scholar and historian, as well as a very nice man. My sincere condolences to Curt’s family.
    Candace Larkin


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