Robert Bradshaw of Pleasant View celebrated his 96th birthday at an open house in Pleasant View on Feb. 23.
He was born Feb. 25, 1917, in Wellsville to Robert Leatham and Nellie Baugh Bradshaw, who operated an 80-acre farm. There he learned to work in the sugar beet fields at the age of 5. He married Ila Gessel Sept. 30, 1939, in Logan. Their vows were later solemnized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Logan Temple. She died on April 1, 2006.
He graduated from South Cache High School in 1935 and Utah State University in 1941.
He was a high school basketball coach and physical education teacher for more than three years and was then drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. After basic training at Camp Roberts, Calif., he served in the Philippines, Saipan, Guam and Tinian. When he returned home, he attended USU and achieved a master's degree. He taught school for 31 years in several parts of Utah. He and his wife owned and operated the Millstream Motel in Ogden for seven years after he retired from school teaching.
After retiring from the motel, he volunteered for 28 years at a food bank in Ogden until he was 92 years old. He continues to be active by growing a large garden every year, and raising chickens and rabbits.
His children are George Lynn and Karen Bradshaw, Don Alan and Gayla Bradshaw, Margo and T. Jackson Smith, and Jon Bart and Velma Bradshaw. Three sons are deceased: Sydney Bradshaw, Dale Bradshaw and David Bradshaw.
He has 30 grandchildren and more than 50 great-grandchildren.