We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop
Fred Wayne Bradbury passed away July 8 th 2022 at the age of 80. He was born May 13, 1942 in Portland, OR to Donald and Martha Renner Bradbury. The family moved to Pendleton when he was 12. He was promised a pony when they moved, which he never got. While in high school, his parents owned a couple restaurants which Fred would spend his lunch hour helping out and then return to school. Another job he had was bagging groceries at the local grocery store. He developed strong work ethics at a young age.
After graduating from Pendleton High School in 1960 he enlisted in the US Marine Corp. He was very patriotic, loved our country and held our military members in high regards, often feeling humbled in the presence of others who served in the military. While in the service he met and married Odelia “Dee” Souza. They raised two sons, Scott and Jeff. They later divorced.
He had worked at Hill Meat as an accountant, then was Executive Director for the Umatilla Reservation Housing Authority while owning and managing his own rental properties. He married Donna McAtee James in 1998. Fred loved to go hunting, fishing, and playing cards with friends and family. He cared deeply for his community and was active in many organizations and activities. He was a member of Pendleton VFW Post 922, Pendleton Downtown Association, Pendleton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Pendleton Chamber Ambassador, Founder and First President of Knights of Pythias Little League Football (1979), President: Parents For Junior High Sports (1980-81), Oregon VFW Mr. Quartermaster 2014-15, Umatilla Reservation Housing Authority Executive Director, Power Lifting World Record holder (50-59 age group), with the help of many volunteers, he brought “Dancing with your Pendleton Stars” 2015 and the 4th of July Parade to Pendleton in 2012 to present, Pendleton Man of the Year 2015, Elks member for 24, received the Main Street Cowboy Tenderfoot Award 2021, Charter member of the Pendleton Linebacker Club, Main Street Cowboy, he especially enjoyed flipping pancakes at the Cowboy Breakfast during Round-up. He lived by the creed of “There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you do not care if you get the credit”.
He is survived by his wife Donna, son Jeff, half- brother Jay, stepson Mark James, and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Odelia “Dee”, brother Donnie, son Scott and both parents.
Fred was often seen wearing western shirts with the sleeves rolled up. The family is suggesting wearing patriotic or casual western wear. His funeral service will be Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 10:00 am at The Pendleton Convention Center. Burial will follow at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton, with a reception following at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge. Contributions in Fred’s name can be made to the VFW Let’er Buck Post 922, PO Box 787, Pendleton, OR 97801. Semper Fi