Ralph Morris Bradshaw

Born: Sat., Sep. 17, 1938
Died: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019


9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Feb. 16, 2019
Location: Lyman LDS Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 16, 2019
Location: Lyman LDS Chapel

Print Obituary   Home Page All Obituaries


Ralph Morris Bradshaw of Lyman, WY passed away in his home surrounded by loved ones at the age of 80 on February 13, 2019. He was born Sept. 17, 1938 to Blanche Field Bradshaw (1920-2017) and George Haldane Bradshaw (1918-1999) in Lyman, WY where he spent most of his childhood.

After graduating from Lyman High School in 1956, Ralph studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Utah. From 1958-1961 he served as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Finland. He later graduated from the U in 1964 and was immediately hired by Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. Bell Labs sent him to grad school for his first year of employment and he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He worked for Bell Labs until 1969 and then at Johnson & Johnson from 1969-1994 both in NJ.

Ralph’s move to NJ for employment was fortuitous since it was there he met his lovely wife, Linda Claire (Schubert), of Jersey City, NJ. They married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on August 22, 1967.

Ralph travelled extensively for work and was always amused that not only could a boy from a tiny town in Wyoming travel the world, but that he always managed to run into people who had connections back to Bridger Valley. He loved to tell stories and anecdotes of his life and everyone loved to hear them (sometimes again and again and again). He was an avid reader, and also enjoyed photography, astronomy, plays on words, movies, and camping with his family, especially at the Cache.

In 1994 he took early retirement from Johnson & Johnson and moved his family back to Lyman. He was a Partner/Owner of Valley Hardware from 1989-2004 and was a software development contractor from 2003-2018. He thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of being back in the world of computers after working in the hardware business. He was happiest when he had a good mental puzzle to work on.

Ralph was an active member of the LDS church and served in many positions throughout his life, including Bishop, member of the Stake Presidency, High Councilor, early morning seminary teacher and many other callings. He also felt strongly about community involvement and served as Mayor of Lyman from 2007-2011 during which time he oversaw the restoration of the Heritage Barn. He also served on several boards and committees within the valley.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Bradshaw of Lyman, his children; Emilia (Todd) Smith of Worthington, OH, Rachel (Andy) Hale of Lyman, WY, Elysa Bradshaw (Brock Christensen) of South Jordan, UT, and Haldane Bradshaw of Duchesne, UT. He has been a wonderful and loving grandfather to his 8 grandchildren.

Ralph is also survived by his brothers; Michael (Sally Joyce) Bradshaw of Herriman, UT, Garth (Rhonda) Bradshaw of Weiser, ID, and his sister, Julianne (Barry) Bluemel of Lyman, WY, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, dear friends and loved ones, and his faithful and steadfast canine companions Veli, Pippin, and Charlie.

Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lyman, WY at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Click to send flowers using our local area florist
Direct website to florist ordering, saving on wire fees
View/Sign the Condolence Book

Click the button to generate a printable document containing all condolences submitted

Condolence Booklet

Hillary Colton
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
So sorry for your huge loss. I send you healing prayers.

Carol Bastow
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
Sending love and prayers to the Bradshaw family. We have fond memories of your time in the North Branch Ward in NJ. May comfort and peace be yous at this time of parting.

Vicki Christensen
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Vicki.

With the deepest sympathy for your loss, Brock and his family want you to know how grateful he is, to have been able to spend time with and get to know such an extraordinary man. All of our love, The Christensen’s Rusty, Vicki, Brock, Carissa, Kane, Hunter and Brighton

Genevieve Bluemel
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
Oh my sweet friend❤️ I send my thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time.

Patti Craig Johansen
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
I have so much love and respect for Br. Bradshaw. He was one of the strongest and most appreciated influences in my young life. God bless all of his family. With sincere and loving thoughts, Patti

James Sorensen
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
I will miss him for just a moment for him but a life time for me. Lucky for all of us we have you Linda to fill the gap. Know that we love you all the more the Sorensen s

Gilbert and Marolyn Moen
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
Met Ralph, for the first time, when he was in High School in Lyman. That was 1954. I was a Freshman at BYU. I had come to Lyman to go deer hunting with Lamar Porter and his father. Little did I know that our paths would cross again, years later, in New Jersey. When Ralph was called as Bishop of the North Branch Ward in Jersey, he asked me to serve as his First Counselor. We will always treasure our New Jersey time with the Bradshaws. Thanks for being such good friends for all these years. We will miss Ralph.

Ron and Mary McGrath
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
We are very sorry for all of you :( He was Ron's first Bishop and Friday nights and all of the "hanging out" times were so enjoyed by Mary and many others for years and years in NJ. Ralph's family has been so influential in the love which was so so freely given, it has been an impetus for good for more lives than you ever dreamed. Thank you for your wonderous multiple examples both inside the Church and "in the world".

Dee and Rosalee Charles
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
What a great cousin. What an example for all of us cousins. We will miss him a lot. I sure wish we could make it up for the funeral, but have previous commitments. We love you all.

Dee and Rosie

Lynne Schubert
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Rest in Peace dear Ralph. It was a pleasure to know you. Such a gentle, caring person. So glad I had the chance to see you and Linda again two years ago at Amanda's wedding. My condolences to Linda and the rest of your family.

Carol & Larry Fraze
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Linda & family, sending our love & condolences to you. We think of Ralph’s wise, strong, gentle caring ways and all the good times in North Branch Ward with the Bradshaws. Thank you for your love & friendship over the years.

Sherry McCann
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Sending our love and condolences from the McCann family. As a youth who gre w up in the NB ward I will always remember Brother Bradshaw... for his example, kindness, leadership, compassion and testimony . I remember him visiting our home and sharing his love of technology with us.
Your family is beloved and we add prayers for at this difficult time.
With love, Sherry Stryker McCann

Sandra Van Horn
   Posted Fri March 08, 2019
I worked for Ralph at Johnson & Johnson around 1980-1985. I remember meeting Emilia and also the amazing 'twins' Rachel and Elysa when Linda brought them into M.I.C. where we worked. His quiet but wise presence touched my life in a wonderful way. As I was looking through Facebook to just check on former acquaintances, I came across his obituary. So sad to hear of his passing. He was such a wonderful man and I'm sure he touched so many lives in a wonderful way. May he rest in peace. I am sure he will.

Lisa Harrison
   Posted Sun March 10, 2019
I am sorry to hear of Ralph's passing, but excited for the new adventures he is going to have. We have many happy memories of our time in New Jersey, as well as the many stops as we drove from Colorado to Utah. I remember when your Rachel was born, and how we plotted to name both of our daughters the same name, figuring that they would grow up in different parts of the world, which they did. Thank you for the fine example you have both been to us for the past 37 years.

Copyright © 2019 Crandall Funeral Home Inc.. All Rights Reserved.    | Website by CFS |