Bryan J. Bradley
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Bryan J. Bradley, age 56, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at his home in Yankton after a long battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Chaplain Dennis Webber officiating. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, July 28, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.

Honorary pallbearers are: Will Sayler, Scott Oldenkamp, Bill Elrod, Michael Erickson, Loren Kuehler, Joe Eickhoff, and Les Kirschner.

Bryan J. Bradley was born November 19, 1960, in Pierre, South Dakota to Richard and Hermine (Wheeler) Bradley. He grew up in Murdo, South Dakota, and graduated from Jones County High School in 1979. He attended the South Dakota School of Mines until transferring to South Dakota State University where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. He moved to Rapid City and worked for Alliance of Architects and Engineers. He married Kathie Anderson on December 19, 1987 in Spearfish, South Dakota. A few days after their marriage, Bryan took a job with the US Army Corps of Engineers. He worked at Oahe Dam in Pierre, South Dakota and Fort Peck, Montana until 1989 when he became the Chief Engineer at Gavins Point Dam in Yankton.

Bryan was a very talented musician and enjoyed singing, fishing, hunting, and building remote control airplanes. He was a very hardworking, honest man who never complained and was always willing to help anyone, never expecting anything in return. He was always concerned about the rules and regulations of anything he was involved with and was very dedicated to the Corps of Engineers.

Survivors include his wife, Kathie Bradley of Yankton; son, Michael (Katerina) Harnois of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; two grandchildren, Tjaden Wright and Sofia Harnois; four brothers and sisters: Barb (Rusty) Rust of Okaton, South Dakota; Dick (Kris) Bradley of Pierre, South Dakota; Kate Bradley of Murdo, South Dakota; and Jeffrey (Carol) Bradley of Rapid City, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Hermine Bradley.

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We will miss you here around work and also in the field chase those elusive elk and deer in the Black Hills as well as those wiley roosters.

Gary Ledbetter

Great memories of a great guy with a heart of gold. He will be forever remembered, especially that laugh of his.

Michael Erickson


You never got worked up when something happened. I will always remember your laugh and your sense of humor, and how you called everyone Bud. Rest easy Bryan.

Justin Scholl

Bryan's Family:

Denise and I are so sorry for the tragic loss of Bryan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Paul & Denise Brost

My thoughts are with all of you. Bryan always had such a sparkle in his eyes and an uplifting attitude. He will be missed!

Katrina Hendricks Manley


So sorry about Bryan's loss. He always had a smile and laugh to share, even when things got tough.

Karla Zeutenhorst

Bryan had a kind heart and infectious laugh. He seemed to always make it easy to talk to him. Glad to have known him and to have worked with him.

Galen Jons

I have great memories of Bryan during my time at SDSU. Such a great guy. Rest in peace.

Beverly Vollmer

It was always great to visit and work with Bryan. He always had such a positive attitude and great outlook on life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Ken Swanda

I worked with Bryan, who was a super nice guy, for many years. We used to visit and laugh and he was an employee of the best kind. I have good memories of our association. I understand how missed he will be. Our thought and prayers are with you.

Dennie and Jeanette Stark

Kathy, my sincerest sympathy to you and your family with the loss of a great guy. I will always remember his sense of humor, humility and willingness to work through problems to the end no matter what the challenge. Shelley and I have both you and Bryan in our hearts and prayers.

Brian Donahue

All are in my prayers for the loss of one super guy.

Christine Iversen Strait

As a former co-worker of Bryan, I want to wish Kathy and family my deepest sympathy. Bryan was a good guy to work for and Kathy is such a fun person to be around. Bryan will be missed by all who knew him.

Ron Freng

Sorry to hear of your loved ones passing. I remember Bryan when he was about four and worked for Richard repairing and servicing gas pumps. Bryan was a very intelligent man. He will be missed by all.Family friend and a class mate. Russell Beck and family.

Russell Beck

Our deepest sympathy to Bryan's family. Mike and I knew Bryan when we were "summer hires" at Gavins Point. Bryan treated everyone with respect, and he had such a great laugh!

Mike and Lindsay Dummer

Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. Thought and prayers for you and the family in this time of grief.

Pam Schlaefli


We were surprised and sorry to hear of your loss, not knowing of Bryan's illness. Even though we will all miss him, cherish the good times and share your memories often.

Roger and Sandi Pierce

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