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Bradley Todd Bleam
December 6, 1956 ~ September 5, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Bradley Todd Bleam, 66 years, died September 5, 2023, unexpectedly at his son’s farm outside of Manson. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Manson, IA.
Brad grew up on the Bleam family farm, where he raised pigs to buy his first guitar and join his first band. His love of music continued throughout his life and he influenced young people to play instruments as a band instructor at MNW the past 15 years. He had many hobbies such as fishing, playing his bass guitar, trains, wooden boats, woodworking, antiques and collecting things.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Pam, and children Maison, Canon (Riley), Fairon (Tyson Hahn) as well as grandchildren, Ryann and Leo Bleam, Cooper, Emmett and Holden Bradley Hahn, named lovingly for his "Papa". Brad is also survived by his brother Gregg (Kathy) Bleam and sister-in-law Shelly Bleam. He was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Elaine and brother Clay Bleam.
Brad adored his title of “Papa” which created memories that will be remembered forever. Cooper and Emmett, nicknamed Bob and Frank by Papa Brad, loved learning about farming and machinery with their grandfather. Countless grins and laughter could be heard as Brad's knee was the perfect bucking bronco, and reeling in the big catch on their first fishing adventure is a memory the boys will hold onto forever. Brad recently retired, and Ryann and Leo were so excited for his daily visits to the farm. As soon as Papa’s truck pulled in, Ryann would run out to greet Brad, and even after working all day in the summer heat, he would grab her and throw her over his shoulders and call her his sack of potatoes. Brad was looking forward to this coming fall to show his grandkids the family traditions of cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and giving combine rides around the family farm.
Always a listener first, Brad will be remembered as one of the most patient and understanding people in the world. He was the best father, grandfather, husband and father-in-law in the world. His memories and countless giving will never be lost. He was liked by many and loved by more. He will be greatly missed.