Bradley Dean Pemberton, age 70, of Eagle Lake, died on November 15, 2020 at his home.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Mankato Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Bradley was born on January 11, 1950 to Lawrence and Delores (Reuss) Pemberton in Benson, MN. Brad attended the Minnesota Braille and Sight Saving School in Faribault. After graduating he then lived at the Faribault State Hospital and worked at the activity center from 1969-1973. Brad moved to Mankato in 1973 and began receiving services from Harry Meyering Center. He first lived at the Intermediate Care Facility and started working at MRCI. After retirement, he started attending EASE through MRCI four days a week and enjoyed one day at home. In 1980, Brad moved into his own apartment and started semi-independent services. When he required a little more support, he moved into a house with three other men in 2004. Over the years working at MRCI and HMC, Brad made many friends and enjoyed conversing with them regularly. One of his most loved and valued things to do was travel the world. He went on several cruises and vacations with LEEP and Adventure Travels. Brad saved his money for a very long time to take a trip of a lifetime to Hawaii for a week, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Brad was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Twins, Vikings, Gophers, and Seattle Mariners. Brad had hats for every team and he never left the house without having one of them on. If Brad was not watching one of his favorite sports teams, you could find him watching the weather reports (if you needed to know the forecast, Brad was your guy) or you could find him listening to his tapes that he loved to check the mail for daily to see if any new ones had arrived. You could always find Brad relaxing in his recliner while enjoying watching or listening to any of these. Routine and structure were important to Brad, and you could always depend on him to be on time. Brad loved McDonalds or Starbucks decaf coffee, macaroni and cheese, tuna casserole, Diet Sierra Mist, peanut M&M’s, and his nightly snack of pretzels or kettle corn. Brad enjoyed attending church, mall walking (especially if coffee was involved), bowling, winning money at the casino or playing bingo (which was often used to buy more coffee) and going to the state fair. Brad will be remembered for being a wonderful, gentle, and kind-hearted man, but mostly he will be remembered for yelling “GOODNIGHT” from his bedroom every night once he had gotten himself tucked into his bed. He will be missed by many.
Brad is survived by his mother, Delores Allen of Everett, WA; brother, Larry Wayne Pemberton of Camano Island, WA and his son, Trevor; sister, Bonnie Jo (Richard) Smith of Winthrop, WA and their son, Charles “Buck” Smith of Mesa, AZ and daughter, Rianon (Tom) Mason of Livingston, MT; sister, Sheri Lynn Pemberton of Everett, WA; sister-in-law, Kathy Pemberton of Everett, WA; and his roommates and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence and brother, Dennis Warren Pemberton.