Louis “Louie" Bradshaw, 82, passed away January 6, 2020 at his home in Thermopolis.
Born July 11, 1937 in Raymondville, Texas, he was one of four children of Louis and
Jewel (Fuller) Bradshaw. Louis grew up with his siblings in the greater Los Angeles
area. He loved to tell stories about him and his brothers, Carl and Vernon exploring the
desert and getting into trouble. In 1960 he married his high school sweetheart,
Catherine Ann Jones, in St. George UT. From this union, three children, Charles,
Melanie, and Erin were born. The couple later divorced.
In 1964, Louis moved to Thermopolis. After a short time working in the oil field,
Louis discovered what was to be what he referred to as his “true calling”, which
was building highways and bridges across the state. He was employed through the
duration of career with Structures Inc., out of Riverton. He enjoyed his trade and
was very proud of his work throughout the state, claiming to have built every road
or bridge in Wyoming. The company sold in 1993, and Louis retired and moved to
Arkansas to be near his siblings and mother. Being the true “Ramblin’ Man” that
he always was, he relocated once more in 2013, back to Thermopolis, to be near
his children and grandchildren.
Louie was a man of many hobbies and activities. As a younger man he enjoyed dirt
bikes, motor cycles, and fast cars, and as a more mature gentleman he was into
garage sales, interior decorating, collecting sunglasses, combing his hair,
complimenting the ladies, and of course spending time with his grandchildren.
Those cherishing his memory include his son, Charles of Riverton, WY; daughters,
Melanie Valentine and Erin Bradshaw, both of Thermopolis; sister, daughter,
Fawn Polk of Helena MT, Shirley Glover of Rogers, AR and five grandchildren,
Brendon, Lauren and Lindsey Thomas and Aidan and Hunter Valentine, all of
Thermopolis Louis was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Vernon and Carl
and sister, Wanda.
Cremation has taken place.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Days Inn on
January 17th, 2020 at 1pm.
Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family and
messages may be offered at www.mortfh.com.
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