William J. Brady

November 1, 1932 ~ October 1, 2021 (age 88)


William John Brady of Princeton passed away peacefully on October 1, 2021. Bill was born on November 1,1932 to William Donald and Gertrude Brady in Harvard Illinois. He graduated from Harvard High School. He served in the Navy during the Korean war on USN Destroyer Maddox DD731.  He attended and graduated from the University of Illinois. He worked for Boeing in Seattle Washington, also at McDonnel Douglas Corp. in Grand Rapids Michigan. 

In 1957 he married Minnie A. Wille. Their marriage was blessed with four children. Bill and Minnie moved to Elk River in 1964. They raised their family there. Bill worked at Honeywell as a electrical engineer and retired at the age of 55. Early retirement allowed the freedom to travel and travel they did. He and Minnie purchased a camper and roamed the country. They went from Minnesota to Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. They dug crystals in Arkansas, panned for gold near Grants Pass, dug amethysts in Canada. Other travels included China and Ireland. The two of them spent time on many cruises with family and friends.

 In 1996 Bill and Minnie built their dream home in Princeton. Many wonderful years were spent enjoying family and friends for holidays and different celebrations in their home. Minnie and Bill were in a card club for years playing 500 and Pinochle. Bill never turned down a good game of Marbles as well as his favorite Cribbage. 

Bill was a Founding member of the Eagles Club of Elk River. He was recently honored for 50 years as a member. Bill was also a member of The Legion, VFW and Moose. 

Bill was survived by his children, MaryAnn (Sean) Brierley, Willian Donald (Lisa Jo) Martin (Theresa) Marjorie (Jeff) McCormick; many grand and great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie A. Brady; his parents, William Donald & Gertrude Brady and his two brothers, Mike and George; brother in-law Leonard Church and Melbourne McQueen.


 A "Celebration of Life" will be held at the Legion Elk River Post 112 on November 6, 2021 (1pm-6pm).  Arr. Dare’s Funeral Home 763-441-1212 www.dares funeral


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Celebration of Life
November 6, 2021

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
American Legion
525 Railroad Dr.
Elk River, MN. 55330
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