Frank D. Bradley, 96, Hays, died Friday, March 24, 2017, at Hays Good Samaritan Society.
He was born Sept. 6, 1920, in Oklahoma City to Cornelius P. and Gertrude (Diller) Bradley. He graduated from High School in Detroit, Mich., and earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting at the University of Kansas in 1950, and became a certified public accountant in 1952.
He married Donna M. Putnam on May 20, 1946, in Osborne. They celebrated more than 70 years of marriage before she preceded him in death Oct. 23, 2016. Before retiring in 1986, he worked for over 30 years as a certified public aAccountant. He was a partner of firms in Lawrence from 1952 to 1972, Estes Park, Colo., from 1973 to 1975 and Manhattan from 1976 to 1977. In 1978, he began a second career in the Municipal Accounting Section of the Department of Administration for the State of Kansas. Governor John Carlin appointed him to the State Board of Accountancy in 1984.
He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, serving as a Trustee, Elder, and Deacon. He was active in the Chamber of Commerce, the Senior Companions, and the Boy Scouts of America. Professionally, he was a member and chair of numerous committees within the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
His military service as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Forces during World War II included deployment to
Saipan in the South Pacific. He was assigned to the 73rd Bomb Wing under the command of General Curtis Lemay. He was a radar technician and crew chief for three B-29 bombers. Decorations included three bronze battle stars. Before deploying to Saipan, he was stationed at Walker Army Air Field, east of Hays.
Survivors include a son; Bruce Bradley and wife, Yvonne of Aurora, Neb.; a brother; William Bradley, Trophy Club, Texas; a son-in-law, Robert Albers, Albuquerque, N.M.; and five grandchildren; Jennifer Kysar, Wade Albers, Sean Bradley, Rodney Bradley, and Christian Bradley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Lynne Albers.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, Hays; inurnment in Fort Hays Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Hays with military honors by the Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076 Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from noon until the time of service Friday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.