Rex V. Bradley
December 24, 1938 - October 03, 2018
Birthplace: Omaha, NE
Resided In: Mesa, AZ formerly Red Oak

Visitation 10/15/2018
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 10/16/2018
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Burial 10/16/2018
Evergreen Cemetery

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Rex V. Bradley,79, of Mesa, Arizona passed away peacefully on October 3, 2018.

He was born at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska on December 24, 1938 to L.V. and Wilma (Murphy) Bradley. Rex graduated from Red Oak High School in 1956 where he participated in football, basketball, and baseball. After graduation, he attended Iowa State University, then transferred to University of Arizona due to health-related issues. He later transferred back to Iowa State where he received his Animal Husbandry (Science) degree in 1960. He married Sharon Waggener in 1964, and to this union had four children. They lived in Red Oak, Iowa before moving to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1986.
Rex came into partnership with his father as owners and operators of Bradley Livestock Auction, which was operated for 50 years. He fed cattle and farmed one mile north of Red Oak for several years before moving to Arizona. While in Arizona, he was the owner of Bradley Auctioneers & Liquidators, and worked for Southwest Real Estate Auctioneers. He also volunteered his auctioneering services for 4-H livestock sales at the Montgomery County Fair in Red Oak, and for the Boys and Girls Club of Arizona.

Rex received the title of Champion Livestock Judge at Denver Western in 1960, and in 1994 earned the title of State Champion Auctioneer of Arizona.

He was a proud member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Red Oak and in Scottsdale, a charter member of the Optimist Club of Red Oak, past president of Scottsdale Optimist International, and a lifelong member (57 years) of the Elks Organization BPOE 1304. He coached and umpired little league baseball. Rex also had a love for International tractors; enjoyed going to tractor pulls; early morning coffee with friends at JD Café; spectating all sports, football being his favorite; and cheering for the ISU Cyclones and U of A Wildcats year-round. He was fondly referred to as “the old reliable” by the auctioneering and farming community.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Bonnie Lee Bradley; and brother-in-law, Norman Pothast. He is survived by his sister, Betty (Bradley) Pothast, of Spencer, Iowa; four children: Julie Bradley, of Scottsdale, Arizona; Michael Bradley of Scottsdale, Arizona; Jeff Bradley, of Red Oak, Iowa; and Allison Bradley of Scottsdale, Arizona; one grandson: Kadin Bradley of Tucson, Arizona; two nieces, one nephew, and many close friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak, Iowa.
Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15th, 2018 at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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