William Douglas ‘Doug’ Bradford, 76, Vero Beach/Hasatings, Mich.

William Douglas “Doug” Bradford, 76, died March 31, 2010, at Indian River Medical Center.

He was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., and lived in Hastings, Mich., and Vero Beach. He graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 1955.

He managed the installation of the first IBM computers at Hastings Mutual Insurance. He was general manager for Angle Steel, business manager for Muir Drug/Rite Aid, vice president of Information Systems at Jackson Products and worked in the marketing area of Old Kent Bank where he retired June of 1999.

He served as an Army captain in the Korean War and the Berlin Crisis. He was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Church. He served on the board of directors for the Lakewood Homeowners Association.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret “Peggy” (Schliess); sons, Steven Bradford of Ashburn, Va., Tom Bradford of Dayton, Ohio; daughters, Marcia Zaitchik of Livonia, Mich., Julie Freeman of Kalamazoo, Susan Brogan of Columbus, Ohio, Barbara Jordan of Elmer, N.J., and Laura Deknatel of Geneva, Ill.; sister, Beverly Roeger of Sun City, Ariz.; brother, Bob Bradford of Grandville, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Endowment YMCA of Barry County (specify in memory of: William Bradford and for Camp Algonquin in a note attached to the check) P.O. Box 252 Hastings, MI 49058.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 8, with a Rosary at 8 p.m., and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. April 9 at Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. April 9 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Hastings, with Father David Adams and Father Alfred J. Russell, celebrant.

Arrangements are by the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. A guest book may be signed at girrbachfuneralhome.net.

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