Mickey Joe Bradshaw

Mickey Joe Bradshaw passed away on July 15, 2023 at home in Lawrence, KS. Mickey considered Galveston, TX his second home, having spent winters there for the last decade. Mickey was diagnosed with ALS on June 30, 2022. He faced this with grace and humility. He showed us how to live each day with gratitude.

Mickey was born on June 24, 1945 to Joe Roy Bradshaw and Effie Marie (Ward) Bradshaw in Poplar Bluff, MO. He graduated from East Carter High School, Ellsinore, MO in 1963. Mickey proudly served his country as a member of the US Army in Vietnam. He earned his BS in Business at Missouri State University in 1972 and his MBA from Southeast Missouri State University in 1980.

He married Mary Susan “Mert” Dugger on Aug 16, 1980 she survives of the home. He is also survived by son Brian (Cherish) Bradshaw and grandchildren Alexandra, Benjamin, and Isabella Bradshaw all of Houston, TX. Sister Diana (Steve) Lake, sister-in-law Sharon (Ron) Boden. Brother-in-law JL Taylor, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends considered family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings Leon Eudaley, Bill Eudaley, and Gloria Virginia (Eudaley) Taylor.

Mickey spent his career as an executive in the Medical Supply Chain field for forty plus years. After his retirement from St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, KS he spent the next seven years consulting at hospitals across the US. He was highly respected for his affable personality and ability to implement cost saving solutions.

Mickey had a servant’s heart. He most recently volunteered for Community Village Lawrence where he provided an array of services to Senior citizens. He thrived on hearing their stories and sharing life experiences. In addition, he and Mert were longtime volunteers at TARC in Topeka. Mickey took pride in tending to the landscape and assisting Mert in cooking class. Mickey and Mert were honored as TARC Volunteers of the Year

Mickey was an avid outdoorsmen. He cherished the deer hunting trips with family on the farm in Ellsinore, MO. He enjoyed adventures in Colorado, hunting for elk, and fishing for trout. Mickey and Mert shared a passion for hiking and snowshoeing. They trekked the INCA trail to Machu Picchu, followed by an adventure on the Amazon river where the sighting of pink dolphins, sloths, and jungle hiking made for great memories.

Mickey took every opportunity to dance. He and Mert spent countless hours listening to live music and dancing with friends. His friends who didn’t share Mickey’s passion for dancing, appreciated Mickey’s willingness to be dance partners for their wives. Mickey embraced his golf buddies, playing as much as he could in both the Lawrence and Galveston areas.

Mickey will be remembered for his fun spirit, his gift for storytelling, his love for family and friends, and his unbridled devotion to Mert, his wife, best friend, companion and adventurer.

Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday July 19th 2:00pm at First United Methodist Church 946 Vermont St, Lawrence KS. Reception to follow at the church. Memorials can be made to FUMC 946 Vermont St, Lawrence KS 66044.

Celebration of Life for Mickey Joe Bradshaw -Livestream

Scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 2:00 pm

First United Methodist Church, Lawrence, Ks.


Messages & Condolences

From Lety Parker...

Dear Mert, all my love to you at this time of sorrow. I love Mickey so much and have been thinking of the great times with you both. Remembering Mickey trying to teach me how to fish 🙂 and hearing his laughter.

From Shirley and Larry Bradsby...

We met Meet and Mickey on a cruise and loved sharing meals ,sharing adventures, talking ,laughing and dancing with them. After that Mickey and Mert came every year and stayed at our condo in Winter Park Colorado for some hiking and fishing in the summer and again snowshoeing in the winter. We loved having them with us. We will never forget Mickey’s gentle manners and kindness and his constant love of Mert. We will sure miss you, Mickey

From Terry and Cathy Bradshaw Lindsey...

All our love to Mert, Brian and family. Mickey Joe will be dearly missed. Prayers and hugs to all.

From Sue Spradley...

All our love to Meet and Mickey’s family. We have had the pleasure of hosting them at our home and Grandson Ben has pet sitter for us. He is a good example of what a great servant leader Mickey was in how Ben conducts himself.

While we could Motion Intelligence be there is person our love flows to all who knew Mickey.

Sue and Prentuce Spradley

From Ryan...

My thoughts and prayers to the family. Though I only just met Mickey the impact and love felt in his presence was enormous.

From Gary and Patricia Copeland...

Mickey and I shared a room while attending college in the Spring of 1968. Over the next 45 years we rarely saw each other. Thankfully we reconnected and have shared many outings, trips and visits during the last ten years. Mickey was a wonderful person who will be missed dearly.

From Ron Gauerke...

A fine running buddy and hunting pal who was always a great person to talk with. We have all lost a valued friend

From Jennifer Bryan...

I am so sorry to hear this. Mickey loved helping others and was such a wonderful volunteer for Community Village Lawrence. Prayers and condolences to Mickey’s family and friends.

From Rena Anaka...

Mickey was one of the good ones! He had such a loving gentle spirit and a wonderful sense of adventure. We will miss him more than we can say. Kelly Rena and Tazer

From Johnny Taylor...

Uncle Mickey imprinted his love for life and family as far back as I can remember. His witt and companionship at deer camp through the years are memories I will cherish forever. He will be greatly missed, Until we meet again.

From Rick Gomez...

Mickey was everyone’s friend. We had great times together with him and Mert. Every minute we were together was cherished by us all. Mickey was always a great listener too; and I thank God Mickey was a part of our life.

From Roy and Monica Martens...

All our love to your family. We are so glad to have known Mickey and become a part of his extended family of friends.

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