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December 26, 2013

Bradley K. Staley

BRAZIL — The Rev. Bradley K. Staley, 66, of Brazil, was called to God Dec. 23, 2013, at his home, with all of his loving family by his side. He was born in Vigo County, Ind., to Virginia (Higgins) Staley and Bradley M. Staley. on June 9, 1947. He obtained his GED and graduated from Indiana State University with an Associate’s of Science Degree and became an Electronic Technician.

Bradley studied for 10 years for his ministry certificate and had to take a short time off while battling cancer. He was ordained on Aug. 4, 2013, in Orleans, Ind., and has been serving as the Assistant Pastor at Jackson Street Wesleyan Church.

Bradley served in the United States Navy and received an honorable discharge so he could care for his daughter, Michelle, when she was 2 years old.  

He worked various jobs until hired at American Cable Vision, now Time Warner, for 15 years before going to work at Eli Lilly, in Clinton, for 10 years. He took early retirement due to his illness.  

Bradley always loved and served God with pride. One of his proudest moments was when he baptized his grandson, Bradley Scott, in the summer of 2013. He had many hobbies he enjoyed doing with his family and short road trips with his wife.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Peggy Target; mother-in-law, Barbara Ann Brown Buchanan; stepfather-in-law, Charles “Buck” H. Buchanan; and a niece, Cindy Venus.

He married Elaine Kathan Treash March 17, 1978. Bradley adopted her two sons, Raymond and Eddie. Together they raised their three children, Raymond D. Staley and wife Jess, Eddie Staley and fianceé Jamie, and Michele Jean (Staley) Moody; grandchildren, Trent, Kaleb, Mason, Zach, Bradley, Lonnie, Miranda, Jamie, Daytona, Dustin, Payton and Skyelynn; special adopted children, Tamara (Pat) Houser, Kim (Joe) Miller, Michael Gonser and their families; sister, Mary (Jack) Schaffner; three brothers, Jay (Sue) Staley, who is Bradley’s twin, Rod Staley and Jim (Pat) Doyle; father-in-law, George E. Treash; sisters-in-law, Kay (Steve) Mattox and Janet Treash; stepsister-in-law, Pam Buck; brothers-in-law, Wesley Treash, and Bruce (Stacy) Treash; stepbrother-in-law, Tom Buck; brother-in-law, Dale (Christine) Treash; special sisters, Sharon (Rick) Gonser, Linda (Dan) Pierce, Diana (Tony) Edmonson; special brother-in-law, Clyde Grigsby Jr.; special aunt, Javetta K. Brown; special cousin, Jamie Higgins; and several more nieces, nephews, church family, and extended family members.

Services will be at Jackson Street Wesleyan Church, 701 West Jackson St., in Brazil, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Pastors Dennis Holly and Estell Stewart, and the Rev. Mark Eckard officiating. Burial will follow at Bee Ridge Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the United States Navy. Visitation will be at the church, Sunday, from 4 to 8 p.m. French Funeral Home, in Brazil, has been entrusted with his care. Visit to light a candle in his memory.


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