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Kenneth L Brady, Jr.
January 20, 1948 ~ October 17, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Kenneth L. Brady, Jr., 75 of Elliottsburg, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 17, 2023. Born January 20, 1948 in Mechanicsburg to the late Kenneth L. and M. Gladys (Shaver) Brady, Sr., Ken is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Ava K. (Gust) Brady; two children: Kenneth L. Brady III of Elliottsburg and Sara K. (Brad) Fritz of Loysville; three grandchildren: Benjamin, Hayden, and Emma; four siblings: Richard (Marlene) Brady of Harrisburg, Glenn (Sharon) Brady of Lancaster, John (Cindy) Brady of Camp Hill and Doris Herring of Grantville; two sisters-in-law: Janet Brady of AZ and Diane Brady of Elizabethville; and many, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Ken is preceded in death by two brothers: Robert and James Brady.
Ken graduated from John Harris High School (Harrisburg) in 1966. He started in 1966 at Bethlehem Steel Mill as a general laborer and ended his 38-year career in management. While working for the Mill he completed tasks throughout the entire plant. In 1974, he completed the Machinist program. He later became a Union Shop Steward and continued in later years to hold several management positions. In 1997 and 1998, he traveled to Egypt to assist in the installation of the old Bethlehem Rebar Mill. He retired in 2004. During his employment with Bethlehem Steel, Ken was awarded several different achievements and accolades. In 1991, Ken received his Certificate of Completion of Bethlehem Steel’s Training System Front Line Leadership. In 1995, Ken received the very prestigious Environmental Achievement Award from the Senate of PA for his development of the Aqueous Parts Cleaning Technology for Bethlehem Steel. This award was for the huge tank he created to environmentally safely clean line shafts and extra-large parts with a thermostatically controlled steam heat and air bubbling system. In 2000, Ken received the SKF Bearing Maintenance Institute Achievement Award for his work on the continuous caster. After his retirement, Ken worked as a building inspector for BUI in Perry County.
In his free time, Ken enjoyed the great outdoors. He was passionate about fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, kayaking, and eating at dive bars. He thoroughly enjoyed drinking beer with ribs and chicken wings. In 1998 he started flying lessons. He also was becoming proficient in making his own beer.
An informal Celebration of Life Open House will be held on Friday, November 10 at the New Bloomfield VFW from 3 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Perry County Food Bank, also known as Neighbor Helping Neighbor Food Bank, Inc., 300A S. Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield, PA 17068.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Nickel Lochstampfor Family Funeral Home, Inc., Loysville, PA.