William Ronald Bradley
May 10, 1947 – March 10, 2021
Ron Bradley, 73, went to heaven on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at his home in Plano, Texas.
Ronnie was born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma in a loving home of 5 siblings who all remained close throughout the years. He began his career at Channel 39 in his home town and soon landed the roles of Bozo the Clown and then Ronald McDonald. He worked many facets of the entertainment industry that included work both in front of the camera in news, westerns and commercials, and behind the camera in broadcasting, directing and production. Ron spent most of his years at General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin and most enjoyed filming from F-16 Fighter Jets and various air-shows around the world. His work provided him the opportunity to travel the globe, but Ron’s greatest passions were the love of the Lord, making people laugh and enjoying his family, children, and grandchildren. In his spare time, Ron enjoyed sharing sharing his talents in gardening, woodworking, fishing, camping, and skiing.
Ron is survived by his loving wife, Joann Bradley; his siblings, Donna Roser of Stevens Point, WI., Wayne Berry of Lebo, KS, and Jennifer Condren of Plano, TX, Cynthia Clay of Lawton, OK; and Hawana Townsley of Richardson, TX. . Five children: Keith Bradley and his wife Karen of Wylie, TX, Kyle Bradley of McKinney, TX, Kevin Bradley of Katy, TX, Jennifer Davidson and her husband Chad of Glenview, Ill. and Brittany Harley and her husband, Jay, of Arlington,TX; ten grandchildren: Ryan, Samantha, Chase, Ava, Jack, Jett, Caroline, Gage, Mack, Cooper and one great-grandchild, Will. Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, many other relatives and a host of dear friends.
Ronnie is preceded in death by his parents, Josephine Marie Bruce Berry and William Barge Bradley of Lawton, OK, their spouses, retired Major Donald Berry and Weckeah Bradley, respectively and siblings Robert Bradley of Durant, OK and Linda Stevens of Plano, TX.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 at the First Baptist Church of McKinney, TX at 10:30 AM to celebrate Ron with joy and love, and to remember how he touched our lives with his love, wisdom, and sense of humor. Social distancing will be observed and the family and church request guests to wear face coverings until seated for the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Ron’s memory be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Donations can be mailed to 4707 Bengal Street, Dallas, TX 75235 or made online at www.rmhdallas.org/get-involved/donate.
Ted Dickey Funeral Home in Plano, Texas has charge of arrangements.
Celebration of Life
Thursday, April 8, 2021
William Ronald Bradley
April 10, 2021
Wow, I'm shocked at hearing of Ron's death. I've known him since he first worked at Sundance back in the 70's. He and John Pritchett worked along with Tex. Later he worked together with John on my Josey Wales film. Always, when things were rough, Ron was one of the most comedic guys to be around. Then a few years later Ron worked for me as studio chief at Continental Productions. He truly was a very loyal friend and incredible talent. I learned so much by just being around him, John, Tex, Brant and so many, many others. Ron was easy to work with on any job. On top of that, he was a good friend.