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GIBSON CITY - Erman Junior Bradford, 80, of 513 N. Lawrence, Gibson City, died at 10:20 a.m. Friday (Dec. 23, 2005) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Anchor. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with visitation one hour before the service. The Rev. Stephen Goodwin will be officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, with military honors performed by the Arrowsmith American Legion Post 617.

Memorials may be made to the Arrowsmith or Gibson City American Legion.

East Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A celebration of life will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at American Legion Hall, 203 N. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City.

Erman was born Sept. 7, 1925, in Odell, a son of Roy Erman and Cellia Leota Stretch Bradford. They preceded him in death. He married Ruth Evelyn Pallman on Feb. 14, 1948. She died June 30, 1993, in Bloomington.

Surviving is one daughter, Debra J. (Thomas) Davis, Gibson City; two sons, Gary J. (Debbie) Bradford, Bloomington; and Rick A. (Bernadette) Bradford, Loveland, Ohio; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Russell "Punk" (Betty) Bradford, Cooksville; and Roy Lillford (Virginia) Bradford, Bloomington; two sisters, Alice "Toots" Wyant, North Liberty, Ind., and Carol Hereford, Colfax.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Erman retired in 1989 from Central Soya in Gibson City. Erman was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He was a proud member of the Arrowsmith American Legion Post 617 for 52 years.

He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Erman was a skilled mechanic and a master carpenter who loved helping his neighbors and family in any way.

He was well respected, especially in Arrowsmith and Gibson City. Erman's cheerfulness and smile left a lasting impression on all who knew him. He was a dedicated family man and his greatest joy was the time he spent with his family and friends.

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