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Jeff Bradley

June 10, 1969 — September 17, 2020

   Jeff Bradley, age 51, of Manilla, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at his home in Manilla. Funeral services will be at 7 PM on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at Ohde Funeral Home in Manilla, with visitation from 5 PM to 7 PM. Further visitation and funeral services will be held on Friday and Saturday at the Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville.

   Jeffrey L. Bradley, son of Jerry and ViAnn (Skow) Bradley was born in Estherville, Iowa on June 10, 1969. He grew up in Estherville and graduated from high school in 1989.

   He enlisted in the United States Army and served as a mechanic in Georgia. He was deployed to Iraq during Desert Storm in 1990 and concluded his active service in Korea in 1994. He enlisted and retired from the Army National Guard with twenty years of service attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served with guard units in Estherville, Jackson, and Audubon and was deployed a total of 3 times in the Middle East.

   When he returned from active duty, he attended Minnesota West Technical College with degrees in Wind Turbine and Power Lineman and graduated in 1998. His first job was working for the city of Manning. While there, he met Wendy Love and they married in December 2000. Their daughter Cassidy was born in August 2002. The couple later divorced and Jeff moved to Manilla. Jeff was employed by NIPCO, Bohlmann, Western Iowa Tech, and UPS part-time. He eventually became a driver at UPS where he was affectionately called "Soldier."

   In 2012, Jeff met Arnalin (Claresse) and together were raising her children, Ethan and Amber. They were engaged to be married on August 15, 2020 but postponed it due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.  They rescheduled it for May of 2021.

   Jeff was a member of the VFW in Estherville. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, fixing cars, doing home improvements, going to Omaha, camping, and visiting with friends and relatives. He was a proud veteran and loved his country. He really enjoyed eating at Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse. He will always be remembered for his quirky smirk and love for family and friends. Jeff definitely had a temper and a stubborn side but would do anything for anyone....a true and loyal friend.

   On Thursday, September 17, 2020, Jeff passed away due to an accident at his home in Manilla. He was 51 years, 3 months, and 7 days old.

   Jeff is survived by his daughter Cassidy Bradley of Denison; his fiancée Clareese, and her children Ethan and Amber Huss of Manilla; his father Jerry of Estherville; sister Liza Baker and her husband, Howard of Estherville: brother Mike Bradley and his wife, CJ of San Antonio; nieces and nephew: Cody Baker, Lorissa Baker, Samantha Bradley, and Mikayla Bradley; and “lots” of extended family. He was preceded in death by his mother, grandparents, and sister Lori.

Services at Ohde Funeral Home in Manilla

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Visitation 5 PM to 7 PM ~ Funeral Service at 7 PM

Rev. Joel Sutton, Officiating

Services at Henry Olson Funeral Home in Estherville


Friday, October 9, 2020 ~ 5 PM to 7 PM

Funeral Service

Saturday, October 10, 10:30 AM

Rev. Merlin Schrad, Officiating

Military Honors

VFW Post 3388     U.S. Army Honor Guard

Casket Bearers

Cody Baker     Todd Omundson     Joe Omundson

Damon Omundson     Don Laidig     Leo Bradley 


St. Jacob’s Cemetery, Graettinger, Iowa

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