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Never have I seen a more-loved grandpa and father than Leland Leon Brady.
Leon Brady passed away January 3, 2018, at the ripe old age of 95.
Sometimes the death of a family member makes you appreciate them more. This is not the case for Leon.
The proud faces of his family show so much admiration for him. Leon’s family, friends and neighbors knew they had a gem, and from what I could see cherished every moment spent with him.
Green River History
With Leon’s passing, he leaves behind his legacy. He was very much a part of the history of Green River itself. “Brady’s Auto Body Shop” is his namesake, after all. He helped establish and run the shop for many years.
For a time, Leon even took a seat on the Green River City Council. Many also knew him as their postman. He was a mailman in Green River for 30 years.
“He was the first one to drive the mail truck in Green River,” his daughter-in-law Anita Brady said.
Leon was one of the last living World War II veterans in Green River. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1944. He was stationed as a gunner on a marine ship during his service. He manned the guns in case of an attack, his family said.
When I met him he was very soft-spoken and couldn’t recall many details of his time served, but when I asked what kind of gun he used in the service, he replied quickly, saying “it was a 20 millimeter aircraft gun.”
Leon’s grandson-in-law Jake Callahan helped him recall a little anecdote from his time on the ship. They had come upon a tiny staging island, Jake said, and the men on board were eager to get ashore. They went to a diner.
“They were so excited because they were wanting to get a milkshake,” he said. “But he was pretty distraught because it ended up being made with…”
“Oh yeah, that’s right, it was made with powdered milk,” Leon said.
“He was all excited, had his hopes up,” Jake said.
It was “not very good,” Leon said.
I asked him how old he was then, and he replied “I think I was… old enough to sleep alone, but too old to want to.”
He smiled, and his family laughed with him.
Before Leon’s time in the military, he was a sheep herder by profession early in life. It was during his time sheep herding, he met his wife Sybil Slaugh while tending to an errand for her father on Cedar Mountain. He’d sent her there to retrieve something from Leon.
When she came to Leon’s sheep wagon, “He was making biscuits in the sheep cabin, but didn’t want to come out so she wouldn’t see the dough on his hands,” Leon’s son Neldon Brady said, laughing.
“There’s a lot of history there,” Neldon said.
Leon and Sybil were married during a military leave. They continued sheep herding for a time after his service.
A Loved Man
“He’s a pillar in the community, in my opinion, just an amazing man,” Jake said. “Not everybody has the opportunity to ask what it was like without electricity in their house. It’s pretty humbling.”
“It’s an awesome legacy,” Brenn said.
Leon’s family stayed very close as caretakers for him in his later years.
“This is a very close-knit family,” Anita said.
It’s an honor to be able to give back to somebody who’s given so much to this country.”
– Jake Callahan
View Leland Leon Brady’s obituary here.