Minneapolis (KS) Messenger, July 17, 1952, page 1:
Dr. George Bradbury II
Dr. George Bradbury II of Excelsior Springs, Mo. died Wednesday, July 9. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bradbury of Minneapolis.
He was 31 years old.
The body was brought to the Foutz Funeral home for services Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. Burial will be in Highland cemetery.
Minneapolis (KS) Messenger, July 24, 1952, page 3, col. 1-3
Dr. George Bradbury
George Bradbury Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bradbury, was born Nov. 4, 1920 at Minneapolis, Kansas, and passed away July 9, 1952 at Excelsior Springs, Missouri at the age of 31 years and 7 months.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving 19 months as a lieutenant in the infantry in Germany. After returning from the service he enrolled in Kansas State College in the department of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in June 1951, and since graduating, has practiced veterinary medicine at Excelsior Springs, Missouri. He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Manhattan and the Kiwanis club of Excelsior Springs.
He was married to Marian Mitchell on January 21, 1942 in Lexington, Missouri. To this union one son, George III, was born.
George united with the Bardee Memorial Presbyterian church in Excelsior Springs in April of this year.
Surviving are his wife and 3-year-old son; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Bradbury Sr. of Minneapolis; one brother, Tom Bradbury, of Minneapolis; two sisters, Mrs. Stella Watson of Minneapolis and Mrs. Eula York, of Lyndon. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mrs. Eva Creitz.
A good soldier, a true friend, a loving father has passed away.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 14 at the Fouts Funeral Home at 2 o'clock. Rev. Artz Lick of Excelsior Springs, Mo. was in charge of the services. Pallbearers were Ernest Van Winkle of Lexington, Mo., Dr. William Bechenhauer, of Lincoln, Nebr., Dr. Paul Schafer of Fort Scott, Jim Reed of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Johnny Nelson of Salina and Eugene Musgrave of Minneapolis. Mrs. F.G. Cromley sang "Enough to Know" and "Old Rugged Cross." She was accompanied by Mrs. Francis Meiller, pianist. Burial was in Highland cemetery.
(A list of out-of -town guests at the funeral followed.)
Minneapolis (KS) Messenger, July 31, 1952, page 1, col.1:
Bradbury Death Found Accidental
Dr. O.S. Pate, Clay county coroner Saturday announced a ruling that the death of Dr. George Bradbury, Jr., on July 9 near Excelsior Springs, was accidental. The coroner said "death was due to accidental means from a bullet from a .22 rifle."
The body of Dr. Bradbury was found about two miles northwest of Phillips Tavern Friday evening, July 11, by Grover Potter, Clay County Protective Association officer.
Coroner Pate said the decision was reached after deputies made a complete investigation of the case --- and the only possible conclusion to reach was accidental cause.
Dr. Pate said Bradbury, a veterinarian, was on the way to a call and had reached a fourth mile of his destination when his automobile ran out of gas.
At that point, the coroner said, indications were that Dr. Bradbury must have seen some squirrels and decided to shoot them with an old open hammer .22 rifle.
He said that Bradbury apparently got out of the car with the gun and accidentally struck the trigger on brush or side of the car and it went off, striking him in the head.
Dr. Pate said Bradbury had been in good spirits that morning and there was no reason to believe that the death had been anything but accidental. --- Excelsior Springs (Mo.) Daily Standard
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