James N. Bradshaw

September 13, 1923September 28, 2012

James Nathan Bradshaw

89, formerly of Lafayette, passed away Friday, September 28th, 2012 at Prairie Lakes Health Campus in Noblesville. He was preceded in death by his parents, JW and Tommie Bradshaw and his loving wife of 60 years, Phyllis Jean Cassaday. After proudly serving as a medic in the Army Air Corp during WWII, he married, graduated from Purdue University, and worked as a mechanical engineer at ALCOA. He was an avid golfer, loved Purdue athletics and was a faithful follower of the Cubs. Papa Jim, as he loved to be called, was loved by many for his quick wit and infectious smile.

He is survived by daughters, Judy (Gary) Colip of Noblesville, Peggy (Steve) Whalen of Springfield, OH, and son, David (Elaine) Bradshaw of Las Vegas, NV. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jon, Lindsay, Trevor, Stephanie and Tara, as well as great-grandchildren, Ethan, Madison and Carter.

The family will gather for a celebration of his life at 3:00 p.m. on October 22, 2012 in Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette, IN. Condolences may be offered at:


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December 6, 2012

Dave, I am so sorry to hear that your dad died. I know it must be a tough time for you. I will be thinking of you and hope things get better for you. Wish I could say and do something for you that would make things easier.


Shelly Gagle Mazen

October 22, 2012

Dave and Family, I am so sorry about the loss of your Dad.

Kathy Carrell

October 17, 2012

Judy,...I just heard of your dad passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your dad and Ron are having a nice chat once again.

October 12, 2012

Dear Peggy; I just learned of your father's passing. I send my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I have such fond memories of your father, the fun times we had at your home and how kind he always was to all of us. Know that I am thinking of you. Julie Risk Pope (and Mark)

Kathy Washington-Rosenfeld

October 12, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Many wonderful memories between the Bradshaw's and the Washington's on Dakota Drive. Thanks for all the babysitting you did too Judy and I think Peggy. I'll always remember that beautiful light blue car in the driveway!! Time passes way to quickly. But our memories stay forever!! David all the lifeguarding and swimming you did were definitely a wonderful time in your Mom and Dad's lives too. Take Good Care ALL! From all the Washington's

Steve Atkinson

October 10, 2012

Dave and family, I'm sorry for you loss. I have many good memories of Jim. He was a joy to be around.

John A South

October 9, 2012

Have many memories of Jim while working with him at ALCOA. He is what I call "GOOD PEOPLE"... RIP JIM!

Liz Hart-Baxter

October 7, 2012

Dave and very sorry for your and yours are in my thoughts and prayers

Liz Hart-Baxter

October 6, 2012

Judy and family - I was so sorry to read of Jim's passing. We all had some fun times taking our loved ones on the bus trips provided by Riverwalk Commons.. Jim was always the smiley, happy guy! Myyfiend that resides there, Jan Gough, would also like to let you know he will be missed. With caring thoughts -
Jan Van Voorhis

Mel Seitz

October 5, 2012

I first met Jim a couple of months ago as a volunteer for Vista. When I first met Jim he was taking PT in his room. He told me that was one thing her really liked to do. One visit I made with him he was in PT class passing a balloon with other patients. He would sometimes keep the ball as a joke. He was always ready with a smile and loved his PT. He told me many stories about his time at Purdue and his trips with his family. He sure was proud of his family. I will miss my visits with Jim. I am so sorry for your loss. Mel Seitz