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Derek Edward Bradley passed away unexpectedly on November 4, 2018.  He was born July 17, 1987, in Kokomo, Indiana to Vernon and Shawn Bradley. Raised in Knob Noster, Missouri, Derek grew into a distinguished man with great pride and loyalty. He was a police academy graduate and served three years in the United States Air Force including being stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base and OSAN Air Force Base. Derek married Kirsten Sawyer on June 17, 2011, in California and had three adorable children.

Derek is survived by his loving parents; brothers, Jerrod and Dylan; wife, Kirsten; and his three beautiful, sons Ayden, Carter, and Jack. Derek was an honorable man who adored his children. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a self-sacrificing father, faithful provider, gym enthusiast, avid St. Louis Blues fan and a funny-face, fart noise expert, guaranteed to make his boys smile. Derek cherished countless hours spent playing Xbox and wrestling with his sons. Appreciative of good “ink”, Derek liked tattoos, float trips, Heavy Metal and Rock ‘n Roll music, family dinners, hanging with his brothers and most importantly, making his boys laugh.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 1:00 pm at 8686 Shore Pointe Ct., Byron Center, MI 49315.

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Arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Ralph & Yvonne Finley on November 8, 2018 at 9:02 am

    We are so sorry for Your loss.Our hearts and prayers for you and the family.

  2. Deb Marquette on November 8, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Spencer Perkins on November 8, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss, he sounds like a good man. If you need anything let me know. I wish you light in these dark times. I will send Reiki to your family.

  4. Jean Cronkhite on November 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    We are soo sorry to hear about your loss Kirsten and were sending prayers and comfort to you and your boys. With deepest sympathies and love.
    Aunt Jean and Uncle Jim

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