Fred "Fox" Bradshaw, Class of 1947

Born on December 27, 1924, Fox lived a life marked by resilience, courage, and countless fish caught. He is survived by his four children, Tracy (Felicia), Bart, Todd (Rochelle), and Sally Soderberg (Craig); and three grandchildren, Phil, Max, and Rosie whom he cherished deeply, and told them all they were each his favorite when meeting in private. Fox met the love of his life, Katie, at the Millikin University in Decatur, IL, and their love story was a testament to enduring patience on the part of Katie. They were married for 64 remarkable years until Katie's passing in 2014, leaving behind a legacy of love and partnership. Fox was preceded in death by his wife, Katie and grandson, Jesse.

Fox served his country with distinction retiring as a Major in the US Marine Corps, dedicating 22 years of his life to the service of his fellow citizens. He was a decorated veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. Fox grew up with humble beginnings in Carmi, IL and if you asked him, he would honestly tell you that he didn't know what kind of future he would have had if he had never left. Thankfully, a friend of the family helped him the best way he could. He went behind Fox’s back and told his mom that he had got him enrolled at Millikin, and the rest is history.

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