EAGLE GROVE - Brady James Willard, the son of Louis and Jean (Conaway) Willard, was born September 25, 1950, at his family home in Eagle Grove, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Eagle Grove. Brady began working for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad at the age of 16, retiring on Oct. 1, 2010. Brady served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War June 25, 1970 until his honorable discharge on December 30, 1971. He also served in the Army National Guard, retiring after 27 years of service.