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Lester M. Bradshaw, Sr., 86, Russell Co., KY native (1933-2019)

Lester M. Bradshaw, Sr. passed away peacefully in Zephyrhills, Florida, on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, after reaching the age of 86 years.

A 10amCT viewing and 2pmCT memorial service will be held on Monday, October 7, 2019, at the Bernard Funeral Home, 367 N. Main Street, Russell Springs, KY.

Lester was born in Russell County, Kentucky to Ivy and Bessie Bradshaw.

A gifted basketball player in high school, he met the love of his life, Regina, at the age of 17. They married in 1952 before having four sons--Lester, Jr., Joe, Jeff, and Rob.

A Korean War Veteran, Lester served in the Army from 1953 to 1955. In 1962, Lester and his family moved to Maryland, where he cofounded Eastern Tunneling in 1963 and Bradshaw Construction in 1982.

Under his leadership, along with four sons, the company grew significantly over the next several decades, becoming a leader in robotic tunneling today.

After Lester's retirement, he and Regina moved to Oldsmar, Florida, where he could be found out on the golf course, fishing with his grandchildren, or simply having a quiet night in full of card games and endless stories with friends and family.

With his easy-going, southern charm, Lester had a true gift in making everyone around him smile.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Clela and Thelma; 2 brothers, Leland and Melvin; and son, Joe.

Lester is survived by his wife of 66 years, Regina; brother, Dean; sister Zona; sister-in-law, Janet; sons, Bob, Jeff, and Lester, Jr., daughters-in-law, Shannon, Barbara and Kirsten; grandchildren, Sherrie, Kristi, Sara, Kyle, Elliott, Jordan, Jack, Kathy, Victoria and David; along with several great-grandchildren, additional family members, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, tribute donations may be given to the Alzheimer" Association (

Bernard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at

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