Whitney Allen Bradley

June 27th, 1925June 23rd, 2020

Whitney Allen Bradley (Brad) passed away peacefully in his home, with his daughter by his side, on June 23, 2020. He was born in Grinnell, Iowa on June 27, 1925. Whit was one of four children, two boys and two girls. His family moved to Littleton, Colorado when he was young. His father was a jack-of-all-trades from a chef to the Superintendent of Littleton Schools, and everything in between.

At the age of 18 he was drafted into the military and got a position in the military police. He was stationed in Ohio and Bend, Oregon. The highlight of that experience was leading a parade for Dwight Eisenhower. Whit went to CU on the GI Bill, getting his Master's in geology in 1950. While at CU he worked in the women's dorms as a hasher. It was there that he met his wife, Ruth Ann Bradley (Pat). They married in 1949. When asked about the time he cherished most in life, he talked about his time as a park ranger in Dinosaur National Park/Monument with his wife, a botanist and artist.

His work took them to Casper, Wyoming in the 50's. He worked as a geologist for Marathon Oil, The BLM, and the USGS. He was the president of the Wyoming Geological Association.

Whit was an avid tennis player, talented vocalist, potter, sculptor and jewelry maker. He loved the outdoors, especially backpacking. In 1988 he retired and his wife tragically died of cancer. After that he traveled extensively to destinations including Machu Picchu, Norway, Italy, Peru, Africa, Churchill and Austrailia, as well as Costa Rica, just to name a few.

In 2010 he suffered a massive stroke and survived. Two years later, in 2012 he moved to the Academy Senior Living in Boulder, CO, near his daughter's family. The last eight years of his life he enjoyed fine food, travel, art, music, family and friends. His mind was strong until his last breath. Peace.

Whit is survived by 3 children; Jim (Lori) Bradley of Casper, Wyoming, Ann (Scott) Weckwerth of Casper, Wyoming and Becky (Rod) Swanstrom of Boulder, CO. He has 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

Memorial donations can be made to TRU Community Care by visiting this link: https://www.trucare.org/giving-back/ways-to-donate/


A living memorial was held on June 20th with friends and family. 

A graveside service at Green Mountain Cemetery to be held at a later date.


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