Archive for Thursday, February 8, 2001


February 8, 2001

Larry W. Klopfenstein

Services for Larry Willard "Bill" Klopfenstein, 79, Oklahoma City, were Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Hesper Friends Church, south of Eudora. Burial was at the Hesper Cemetery.

Mr. Klopfenstein died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Okla.

He was born June 25, 1921, in Eudora, the son of Luther and Laura E. (Stanley) Klopfenstein. He spent his early life in the Eudora area. He moved to Oklahoma City in 1956.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.

Mr. Klopfenstein was a truck driver for Safeway and Lawrence Laundry. When he moved to Oklahoma City, he worked for van line companies until he retired June 13, 1987.

He was a member of Britton Baptist Church, Oklahoma City.

He married Edith Boswell on Oct. 6, 1946, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Janyth Brown, Oklahoma City; and two grandchildren.

An infant daughter preceded him in death in 1951.

The family suggests memorials to Hesper Friends Church and Hesper Cemetery, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

William F. Bradley

Services for William Ferdie Bradley, 74, Lawrence, were Thursday, Feb. 1, at the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Dr. Bradley died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at his home.

He was born Feb. 16, 1926, in Topeka, the son of Aubrey J. Bradley and Neta Bernice (Davis) Bradley.

He was raised on a farm near Blue Mound and attended Unity Township and Blue Mound schools before going to college at Kansas State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1949 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1953.

Dr. Bradley practiced veterinary medicine in Mexico, Mo., then served in the U.S. Air Force until 1957. He then established the Bradley Veterinary Hospital in Lawrence. He sold the practice to his son, John S. Bradley, when he retired in 1990. He also established W.F. Bradley & Sons Hereford Ranch in 1960 and raised purebred Hereford cattle.

Dr. Bradley served on the Lawrence School Board for 11 years, several years as president. Prior to that, he served on the Kaw Valley School Board and was active in the drive for county unification of schools in 1964. He was active in the Masonic Lodge as a member of the Blue Mound, Kan., AF&AM Lodge, the Scottish Rite, Midian Shrine, and High Twelve Club of Lawrence; and the Lawrence Host Lions Club, serving as its president. He also served as Wakarusa Township trustee for many years; as a 4-H leader for the Meadowlark and Kanza 4-H clubs; and as a trustee of the Kansas State University Alumni Association. He was a member of the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry, and the American Hereford Association.

Dr. Bradley also served as an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Baker University for several years. He and his wife hosted an annual Douglas County KSU Alumni Picnic each August for 20 years. He received the International Lions Club's highest honor, the Melvin Jones Award, in 1998. He also received the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award, the Optimists' Boss of the Year Award and the Junior Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Award. His family received the Kiwanis Family of the Year Award, and the Douglas County 4-H Family of the Year Award. He was named to the Who's Who in the Midwest, and served as the first president and one of the founders of the O'Connell Youth Ranch and also was a founder of the Lawrence Boys Club.

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce named him Farmer of the Year, and he also received the Douglas County Tree Farm and Conservation Banker's Award.

He married Beverly Ann Torrens on Aug. 23, 1953, in Independence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include five sons, William F. Bradley Jr., Jackson, Wyo., Roger A. Bradley, Sebastapol, Calif., Philip B. Bradley and John S. Bradley, both of Lawrence, and Kent R. Bradley, Wichita; one foster son, Greg Evans, Lawrence; three brothers, Aubrey J. Bradley Jr., Wichita, H. Keith Bradley, Lenexa, and Wayne Bradley, Louisburg; one sister, Idabelle Ostrum, Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren; and one foster grandchild.

The family suggests memorials to Pet Trust at Kansas State University in care of the College of Veterinary Medicine or the Douglas County 4-H Foundation, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence 66044.

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