Richard “Leon” Bradshaw was born April 27, 1954 to Howard and June (Forrest) Bradshaw in Norwood, Missouri. Leon departed this life on July 21, 2011 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was 57 years, two months and 24 days of age.
Leon grew up in Norwood and attended Norwood schools. He married Rita Micham on March 15, 1974. To this union two sons were born, Jason and Jared.
Leon worked at Zenith in Springfield, Missouri, when first married, then in February 1977 he became employed at Mid-Am in Cabool, Missouri, now known as Dairy Farmers of America. He retired from DFA on July 10, 2011.
Leon and Rita made their home in Texas County in Mountain Grove, Missouri, for the past 37 years. They were blessed with many precious family members and many precious friends. Leon was the kindest, hardest working and loving husband, father and grandfather there could possibly be. He always put his family first and sacrificed himself to benefit their needs.
Leon was preceded in death by his father, Howard Bradshaw, and by one sibling, Patty Bradshaw Strunk.
He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Rita Micham Bradshaw of their home; sons Jason and wife Brandy of Norwood and Jared and wife Sirena of Mountain Grove; two grandchildren, Cole and Isabel Bradshaw of Mountain Grove; his mother, June Bradshaw of Norwood; sister Mary and husband Dennis Woods of Willard, Missouri; sister Barbara Saladin of Norwood; brother Hank and wife Sara of Mansfield, Missouri; brother Gene and wife Donna of Norwood; sister Annetta and husband Mike Finch of Mountain Grove; his mother-in-law, Marie Micham of Mountain Grove; honorary sons Loren Eilenstine and Nathan Fry, both of Mountain Grove, and Jeremy Looper of Lebanon, Missouri; several nieces, nephews and other relatives, friends, and neighbors who will sadly miss him.
Memorial services were held on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in South Street Church of God Tabernacle with Rev. Carl Phipps and Rev. Justin Freeman officiating. Music was provided by the Mennonite Youth Group. Song selections were “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms” and “The Last Farewell.” Arrangements were under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.