GALT – Bradford Lee Mangan, 62, of Galt died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at his home.
Bradford was born Feb. 17, 1952, in Sterling, the son of Charles Olin and Marian (Deets) Mangan. He was educated at Rural Galt School, graduating from Sterling Township High School in 1970. Bradford was active in radio and science clubs, among other clubs. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, majoring in electrical engineering. Working his way through college, he, with a friend, did the wiring of the then-new Vet Ed building from 1974 to 1975, constructing the huge silos and installing computer systems. He later was director of the hydroelectric systems. As assistant cook in his dorm, he enjoyed cooking, then and forever after.
Recuperating from a bad accident in 1977, he traveled west to Colorado and Oregon, regaining his health and abilities. With all his heart in his work, his play, his friends, his relatives, and all the children – to all he met, unconditional caring ... birds and animals all came to love and trust … chipmunk under his doorstep, wren, cardinals, the wood duck (nesting yearly) in a neighboring hollow tree. As his home rose higher, the wild geese dipped eye to eye, the mighty bald eagle circled, as if inspecting and approving … and then, the heart that loved so many and so much, suddenly stopped…a major artery completely closed – the “Man of the Tower” risen to new heights, “Excelsior.”
He is survived by his mother, Marian Mangan of Sterling; one brother, George Walter Mangan of Oak Park; and uncles, aunts, and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Mangan; one brother, Timothy Mark Mangan; paternal grandparents, George and Victoria (Kalck) Mangan; and maternal grandparents, John and Bessie (Stanley) Deets.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday and the funeral at 10 a.m. Monday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.
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