The Voice of Congress, Keith Bradley, Passes
Keith Bradley, the Voice of the Congress, passed away July 20, 2012 from complications of pneumonia, diabetes and heart disease.
Bradley, of Bowling Green, Ohio, announced thousands of All American Quarter Horse Congress Champions over the years, and is so well known to workers, exhibitors, and spectators that he is fondly known as the “Voice of the Congress.”
Aside from Quarter Horse Congress, Bradley was a staple at the Wood County Fair, serving as the announcer for most events since 1958, including livestock, quilt, pie, baked goods and chain saw auctions. For 19 years, he has won the honor of “Wood County’s Favorite Auctioneer.”
In addition to auction services, Bradley has been a licensed real estate broker since 1978, when he opened Bradley Real Estate and Auction Service in his hometown of Bowling Green.
He attended Bowling Green State University and graduated in 1974 from the Superior School of Auctioneering in Decatur, Illinois. Bradley then attended the Certified Auctioneer's Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, where he received his C.A.I. designation.
Bradley has won numerous awards for not only his distinctive voice, but also for his service to the equine, real estate and auction industries. He has been inducted into four hall of fames, including the All American Quarter Horse Congress (1996), Wood County Board of Realtors (2004), Ohio Auctioneers' Association (2006) and National Reining Horse Association (2007).
He is survived by his grandson, Matthew Bradley of Silver Spring, Maryland; his brother, Garold Bradley of Rudolph, Ohio; his niece, Kim Tyrrell; and his nephews, Kurt, Scott, and Todd Bradley, and Dennis Garner, and his colleague and friend, Peggy Brigham of Bowling Green; and his faithful canine companion, Sox.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 from 2:00 pm-8:00 pm at Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home, located at 1460 W. Wooster St., PO Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio. A celebration of life service is planned for Wednesday, July 25th at 11:00 am in the Remembrance Chapel of the funeral home. Burial will be in Plain Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be gifted in Keith Bradley’s honor to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, or to the donor’s choice. Online condolences, as well as fond memories, may be shared at www.hannemanfh.com.
The Ohio Quarter Horse Association will greatly miss Keith Bradley and we send our deepest condolences to his entire family.