Ernest R. Bradford 68, died January 16, 2022 at his Newton residence. He was born November 18, 1953 in Arkansas City, Kansas to Roland Peter Bradford and Hattie Mae (Eubanks) Burgin. On September 29, 2018 he married Valorie Thaw and she survives of the home.
Ernest was a retired truck driver and proudly serviced in the United States Navy from 1972 to 1978 and the continued to serve in the Army Reserves from 1991 to 1998. He was a member of the Hall’s Chapel AME in Newton.
He was an avid football fan and enjoyed cheering on his favorite Dallas Cowboys. Ernest was a history buff and enjoyed reading about World War II. He had a love of animals and especially enjoyed caring for his two cats.
Ernest is survived by his wife Valorie of the home; his mother Hattie Burgin; son Jonathon Bradford; 2 brothers and a granddaughter also survive. He is also survived by his previous wife Dianna Bradford
He is preceded in death by his father, one sister and 2 brothers.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor George Waddles Jr. presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Burial with military honors will be scheduled at a later date at the Winfield Veterans Cemetery in Winfield, Kansas
Memorials in Ernest memory may be made out to Caring Hands Humane Society and left with Petersen Funeral Home.