Charles F. Bradshaw, age 89, of rural Chetek, Wis., went home to his eternal future with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, with at his side, his long-time neighbor and friend, Stacy Neuman, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls.
Charles was born April 2, 1931, to Frank and Lillian (Fitzpatrick) Bradshaw and baptized April 5, 1931, at St. Bernard’s Hospital in Chicago, Ill. Charles attended Birmingham Public schools, Blessed Sacrament School in Birmingham, Ala., graduated from Parker High School in Chicago, Ill., on June 21, 1950, and attended the University of Illinois.
Charles earned a black belt in karate. He served the United States of America in the Army, CPL (T), from 1953–1954. He was a Korean War veteran and earned the Korean Service Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. In 1956, Bradshaw, Specialist 3, HQ, & HQ BTRY, 12th FA Battalion, was given an honorable discharge and continued to serve this country in the Illinois National Guard until Jan, 20, 1956.
Charles was a very devoted Republican and always encouraged people to vote by expressing the importance of voting. Charles traveled the country for 32 years judging American Kennel Club Dog Shows, and was a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed target shooting, bird watching, cooking, Hostas, wildlife, fishing and holidays. He chose to spend the last 16 years of retirement residing in rural Chetek to further enjoy nature and fishing in the heart of northwestern Wisconsin, as Chuck cherished wonderful memories growing up as a child, enjoying family fishing vacations in the area with his loving parents. Charles previously resided in Frankfurt, Ill., for 42 years. Charles was a Christian man who was driven by God, faith and church, and his greatest pleasure was reading God’s word. His smile, kindness, thoughtfulness, appreciation and willingness to help will be missed daily.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Catherine “Lil” Bradshaw; one sister, Patricia Pleck; and one nephew, Johnny Pleck.
He is survived by his Wisconsin family, Stacy Neuman and Stacy’s sons, Mitchel (Ashley) Smith, Morgan Neuman and family dog, Maverick; Stacy Neuman’s parents, Don and Teresa Folz; Stacy Neuman’s grandmother, Ramona Cook; Stacy Neuman’s brother, Spencer Neuman, and his daughter, Miranda; Stacy Neuman’s uncle, Tim Cook. Charles truly enjoyed the holidays with them. Good friends Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kronenberg; good neighbors, Joe and Brenda Atwood; caretaker, Pamela (Greg) Draus; and daughter, Maddie, who all brought additional kindness, assistance and always brightened Chuck’s day. He is further survived by his brother, Ralph (Mel) Bradshaw; brother-in-law, John Pleck; son, Tom Bradshaw; daughter, Nancy (Mike) Kellerman; grandchildren, Melissa (Ryan) Kellerman, Howard, Brian Lindsey and Jason Kellerman; great-grandchildren, Parker Rose and Jack Ryan Howard; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He will be laid to rest at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, with graveside military honors in Spooner, Wis., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. Arrangements are with Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Cameron and Dallas.