August 31, 1931–January 5, 2019
Baxter Springs, KS – Van O. Bradshaw, age 87, died on Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Quaker Hill nursing home in Lowell, Kansas. He was born in Crestline, Kansas to Elizabeth (Betty)Biles Bradshaw and Robert Ray Bradshaw on August 31, 1931. Van served in the Army for 2 years during the Korean War. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, fishing, and enjoyed spending time with his family and his beloved dog Nina. Van was a painter/wall paper hanger by trade his entire life. Later in years he worked for TISD, Temple, Tx in the maintenance dept. He retired from E.R. Carpenter company in Temple, Tx before returning back to his home in Baxter Springs, Ks. Upon returning to Baxter Springs, he worked at Steve’s Car Wash as an attendant.Van married Mary E. Watkins on June 5, 1954 in Columbus, Ks. They had 6 children, Robert, Cindy, Walter, Clay, James, and Tami. Van was involved in many activities during his children’s day such as little league baseball, Boy Scouts, and Golden Gloves boxing with his boys. He taught all of his kids to respect guns at an early age and how to shoot. He was a true people person who never met a stranger. He loved to talk to anybody who wanted to listen and he had many stories to tell. Van is survived by his wife Mary, of the home; a son Robert Bradshaw (wife Melissa) Webb City, Mo., daughter, Cindy Clemens (husband Paul) Galena, Ks., son, Clay Bradshaw (wife Rosa), Crestview,Fl., son James Bradshaw (wife Debra), Oenaville, Tx., daughter Tami Moreau, (husband Mike) of Spring Branch, Tx. Van is also survived by two sisters, Reba Gretz Lowell, Ark, Barbara Badasci, Fresno, Ca. and many grandchildren, and great grandchildren who knew him as Papo as well as many nieces and nephews. Van was preceded in death by 1 son, Walter Bradshaw and his wife Cindy. No services are planned at this time, the family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 8, at 6pm at the home 802 Garfield Ave., Baxter Springs, Ks.