John A. Braddy
John A. Braddy
  • February 16, 1931 - October 20, 2017
  • Normal, Illinois

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Normal - John Albert Braddy, 86, of Normal passed away Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 2:48 p.m. at St. Joseph OSF Medical Center in Bloomington. He was born February 16, 1931 in Keenes, IL, the son of James and Fern Swan Braddy. He married Pauline Remmers on June 16, 1956 in Freeport, IL. She preceded him in death on August 31, 2015.

John graduated from the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL, where he met his future wife. He is retired from Pantagraph Printing and Stationery. After retirement they moved to Rockford, IL for 20 years where he worked part-time for the Rockford Park District. John remained active in the alumni association years after graduating until his passing.

He was a founding member of the First Assembly of God Church for the Deaf in Normal, IL, serving as a trustee for many years. John started numerous churches in Illinois for the deaf, including the Christian Deaf Center in Rockford, IL. Over the years, John served his church in many capacities including pastoring and teaching Sunday school. John trusted God in all things and enjoyed sharing his love for God.

Throughout his lifetime he and Pauline generously gave back to the school from which they graduated until his death. Joh was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears fan. John also enjoyed sharing the gift of sign language and would often teach people he met new signs.

He is survived by two daughters, Susan Braddy and Patty Braddy Reeve, both of Bloomington; a grandson, Christopher (Kelly) Reeve of Normal; and John's beloved great granddaughter, Baylee Sue Reeve. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, John is preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda Anderson and Virginia Ralston; and two brothers, Alan and Oliver Braddy.

Services will be held Thursday, October 26th at 10 a.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home in Bloomington, with Pastors Ed and Beth Herald officiating. Entombment will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 25th at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Susan Braddy for Baylee's college fund.

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