Frederick 'Fred' Lee Bradshaw

Born: Mon., Apr. 6, 1936
Died: Thu., Mar. 21, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 24, 2019
Location: Pittsfield Location

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Mon., Mar. 25, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Frederick Lee Bradshaw, 82 of rural Griggsville, Illinois passed away on Thursday March 21, 2019 at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.  He was born in Quincy, Illinois on April 6, 1936 to Thomas and Lois Sweeting Bradshaw.  Fred married Carole Schulten on July 9, 1969 in Hannibal Mo..

Fred graduated from Griggsville High School in 1954, before joining the Army for 3 years.  Upon returning to Pike County, Fred then went on to attend Western Illinois University where he received a Bachelor degree in Agriculture. Fred was a farmer by trade but he was also an agriculture advocate.  Fred served on many boards over the years which include: Farm credit services of Western Illinois, Illinois Soybean Checkoff Board, National Biodiesel Board,  Council on Food and Agriculture Research(CFAR) where is also served as treasurer, Two Rivers RC&D, past chairman, Pike County Farm Bureau, Griggsville Rural Fire District, treasurer, Pike County Board, and the Orr Research Center Corporation where Fred was one of the founding members of the board who took a concept of an agriculture research farm in Western Illinois to the show place of what it is today. He spent countless hours promoting, lobbying, fundraising and negotiating purchases’ to bring the project off the ground.  One of his proudest moments was when he helped facilitate the one of a kind agreement between the University of Illinois and John Wood Community College to share resources at the Orr Research Center. Fred was also a member of the Griggsville Masonic Lodge and Shriners, Griggsville United Methodist Church, Griggsville/Perry American Legion, and served as a Precinct Committeeman and vice chairman of the Pike County Republican Party.
Over the years  he has received many awards for his work in agriculture including the Award of Merit for Distinguished Service to Agriculture awarded by Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, University of Illinois and the Lifetime Achievement Recognition -College of ACES-University of Illinois.

Fred enjoyed his political and community activities, but his true enjoyment in life was spending time with his family.  Fred and Carole visited all 50 states and 47 countries on every continent except Antarctica. When Fred was not travelling he could be found running the bulldozer on the farm. He spent many hours, which he enjoyed, doing cleanup and dirt work.  He especially enjoyed visiting with his grandchildren and attending their sports and other activities.

He is survived by his wife Carole, three sons; Jeff (Erin) Bradshaw, Plainfield, Indiana, Eric Bradshaw, Griggsville, Ill., and Matt (Lori) Bradshaw Griggsville, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Sami and Lincoln Bradshaw, Plainfield, Indiana,  Jacob and Jane Bradshaw, Pittsfield, Illinois, and Wesley, Cody and Kyle Bradshaw, Griggsville, Illinois: two brothers, Philip (Linda) Bradshaw Griggsville, Illinois , and Harvey (Judy) Bradshaw, Griggsville, Illinois;  Sisters-in-law, Kay Adams, Hannibal, Missouri, Sue (John) Bier, Palmyra, Missouri and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fred  was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother-in-law, Charles and Beulah Schulten, two brothers-in-law Chuck Schulten and John Adams.  

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Interment will follow at the Hinman Cemetery near New Salem.  Visitation will be held on Sunday March 24, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic Service following visitation at 7:00 PM.  Memorials are suggested to the Orr Research Farm. Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Frederick 'Fred''s memory to the following organization:

Orr Research Farm
Make checks payable to Orr Corporation

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Jim Cadle
   Posted Thu March 21, 2019
RIP my old friend.Your smile will always be remembered by many.Thanks you for being my friend.

Illinois Electric Cooperative
   Posted Fri March 22, 2019
We send our deepest condolences.


The board and staff of Illinois Electric Cooperative

Jenissa Ezard
   Posted Fri March 22, 2019

SENTIMENTAL THOUGHTS was sent by Illinois Electric Cooperative.

We send our deepest condolences. From, The Board and Staff at Illinois Electric Cooperative

Jennifer and Richard Blalock
   Posted Fri March 22, 2019
Rest in Peace, Fred. Our prayers and good thoughts to you and your family, Carole.

Agnes Peile
   Posted Fri March 22, 2019
Carole and family, sincere sympathy. Fred will be missed by many.

Pamela Perry
   Posted Fri March 22, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Jeff and Pam Perry.

With deep sympathy and love. In memory of Fred Bradshaw. Jeff and Pam Perry, Justin and Angie Perry, Nick and Robyn Perry, Kyle and Beth Perry, Todd and Sarah Perry

Todd M Six
   Posted Fri March 22, 2019
Jeff, Eric and Matt.
It's been a long time since we were neighbors, but I have great memories. It's been a true pleasure to follow all of your achievements and those of your Father and Husband. Always in my Prayers.
Todd Six

Cheryl Weinant
   Posted Fri March 22, 2019
So sad to hear of Fred's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Steve&Debbie Rumple
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019
Fred was always enjoyable to talk with.He will be missed. Our condolences to you Carole and your family.

Brian and Joanne Devine
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019
May our good Lord hold you all a little tighter in the palm of his Loving and caring hands during this time of mourning.

Sending prayers,
Brian and Joanne Devine

john Gebhardt
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019
Carole and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be missed. His legacy will live on though and it was a pleasure knowing him over the years. John & Betty

Deanna Demuzio
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by Deanna Demuzio.

Carole and heart breaks for all of you..many memories of fun times..I’m sure that Vince and Brad are having a grand political discussion.

Dale W Bennett
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019
Your friendship and contributions to all are appreciated by many. RIP.

Dorothy and Roger Yaeger
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019
Carole and family, we are so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. We will be thinking of you in the coming days.

Steve and Carol Birch
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019
Carol, our deepest sympathy to you and your sons. Growing up "just down the road", I've known Fred for a long time. He always had a smile, laughed a lot, and took time to visit. I will always remember how much my Dad enjoyed visiting with Fred. Whenever my mom knew that Dad and Fred were talking, she knew it would be a LONG time! Fred will be missed by all.

Warren Winston
   Posted Sun March 24, 2019
Carole and family. My sincerest condolences. Two weeks ago Fred sat down with me at the fish Friday lunch at the Courtyard for a long chat. How proud he was of your many trips. Fred said, "The one trip that was outstanding and I enjoyed the most was our trip to Africa". Fred then went into great detail describing looking a Lion in the face. A wonderful memory of an old friend. My God bless.

Richard Six
   Posted Sun March 24, 2019
Carole boys and all of Freds family. Sorry to read of Freds passing. He will be missed by so many people, he touched everyones heart. I have many fond memories of visiting with Fred he was such a joy to talk with and always had that cute little smile on his face. RIP my friend we will get together again.

Don & Archella Sharkey
   Posted Sun March 24, 2019
Our sincere sympathy
You & your family are in our thoughts and prayers.God bless.

Scott and Alicia Dunham
   Posted Sun March 24, 2019
Carol thinking of you and your family during this time!

Teri Hull
   Posted Sun March 24, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Dave and Teri Hull

Don Holt
   Posted Tue March 26, 2019
Dear Carole and family--My deepest condolences. I was saddened indeed to learn of Fred's passing. As you know, Fred and I spent many hours working for the Orr Center, C-FAR, and other University of Illinois successful initiatives that would not have been successful without Fred's leadership and influential behind the scenes efforts. My favorite story about Fred is a conversation we had one day on the way to Springfield to visit with Senate President Vince Demuzio about one or the other of our various efforts to improve and expand agricultural research in Illinois. I asked Fred why he was willing to spend so much time and effort working for the UI. In his inimitable way he said, "Some guys like to fish, some chase women, but I like to work for the University of Illinois." I will really miss Fred. I'm really glad I had a chance to visit with him at length on the phone when we were in Florida last year. Sincerely, Don

Larry Bartlett
   Posted Tue March 26, 2019
Condolences to the entire Bradshaw Family. I knew Freddie and the Bradshaw Family well growing up in Griggsville. We had many exciting adventures out at the Bradshaw Farm. Rest in Peace Freddie!!

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