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John Gary Brady

Birth Date: March 18, 1932
Death Date: March 1, 2018

Decatur – John Gary Brady, of Decatur, IL, passed away Wednesday March 1st at 3:08 A.M., at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.

He was born March 18,1932 in Pittsburgh, PA to Golda Marie (nee Doty) and William Joseph Brady. Graduate of St. Teresa High School where he was active in the varsity football program, where he played quarterback for the team. John also attended Brown’s Business School as well as Millikin University. John served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955 aboard the USS Redfish, one of the first diesel submarines to travel under the arctic ice. He worked for 26 years at St. Mary’s Hospital in the data processing department since its opening in 1961.

John was retired from the Secretary of State of Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles Involved as a member of the Knights of Columbus for several years, he also loved the Sea and all things Nautical and was an avid builder of historic sailing ships from scratch using no prefabricated parts. His passions also included World War II history, of which, he possessed near encyclopedic knowledge. Perhaps his greatest joy was college football season when his beloved Fighting Irish of Notre Dame took the field, his fandom for the team ensured that he never missed a game.

John was preceded in death by both of his parents, along with two brothers (Patrick and William) and one sister (Peggy Harting).

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rosalind Kay Brady and his two sons, Colin Patrick Brady and John Ryan Brady—all of Decatur, Illinois, as well as Kristopher J. Wattelet and his wife Kathleen of Enning, SD, his sister Mary Suzanne Senger along with dozens of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Mass of the Resurrection celebrating his life will be 11 A.M. Friday March 16, 2018, at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church; visitation will be one hour prior to the mass. Refreshments and an opportunity to share stories of John’s life will follow the mass at the adjacent St. Thomas School.

The family of John Gary Brady is being served by the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Memorial Mass of the Resurrection
March 16, 2018
11:00 am
St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church
2160 N. Edward Decatur, IL 62526
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March 16, 2018
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2160 N. Edward Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. May the Lord open his loving arms to welcome Brother Knight John Brady and comfort the family in this time of sorrow.
    Prayers and Peace be with you all,
    Chris Bivens
    Knights of Columbus FA

  2. I remember the years working at St Mary’s with John and Rosie. Fond memories for me. Sad that he’s gone now. Please take care and know you are loved, Rosie.

  3. My condolences to you Colin and your family. Your Dad was a big part of my life. I remember going out on lake Decatur in your dads boat. He would pull us on that rough sled and I would go home soo sore. He would always take time to teach me boating safety. He also let me drive the boat. I thought that was soo cool. I remember running home and telling my parents that I drove a boat. He never missed a opportunity to teach me something. I use a lot of that knowledge still today. He will be truly missed. Tom Lynch

  4. As a longtime pal to his oldest son Colin, many times John was around during our young adulthood. Always cordial and good for witty commentary. Some of his musings has the feel of an esoteric proverb or facet of an ancient tale. Appropriate for the old sailor he is. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  5. I remember riding in Uncle John's boat as a little girl. He did always love the water and we had fun too. It takes a brave man to serve our country and especially one to serve on a sub under the arctic ice. He was that. He will be missed. We are thinking of all of you and have been through this and his difficult time of health.

  6. My condolences to the family on the loss of John.
    He seemed like an amazing person to know.
    -Vicki Brindise Cummings, MU '97

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