April 30, 1922 ‒ December 11, 2003
MANSFIELD: Frank Brakenwagen, 81, of Orchard Drive East, died Thursday morning December 11, 2003 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.
He was born April 30, 1922 in Providence, Rhode Island, to Frank and Lillias (Potter) Brakenwagen, was graduated from Classical High School and attended Brown University and Rhode Island College.
Mr. Brakenwagen enlisted in the US Navy in October of 1942 and served in the Pacific Theater of WWII as a machinist mate first class, honorably discharged in January of 1946.
He married Barbara Lindquist of Providence, Rhode Island.
Mr. Brakenwagen founded Thermal, later named Elmwood Sensors in Providence, Rhode Island. He accepted a position with Emerson Electric in St. Louis and was later transferred to Mansfield to oversee their subsidiary Therm-O-Disc. He retired in 1988 as Plant Manager.
He was a member of First Congregational Church, Mansfield, where he served the congregation as a Stephens Ministers and had been a trustee. He volunteered at MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, Richland County Children Services, and had served as a counselor and past president of S.C.O.R.E. He was a member of the Hermits Club, Mansfield Kiwanis, American Legion and Overseas Lodge#40 F&AM.
He dearly loved his family first, yet was an avid reader of history books, enjoyed cooking, gardening, sailing, and enriching the lives of others through volunteering.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years; sons and daughters-in-law Earl and Janet Brakenwagen of Cincinnati, Robert and Brenda Brakenwagen of Waterville; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Rick Liersemann of Mansfield; ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a twelve-year-old son Karl, as well as his parents.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 14, 2003 at 2 pm in First Congregational Church, 640 Millsboro Road, with the Rev. David Root officiating. The family will receive friends in Blymyer Hall of the church immediately following the service.
The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is serving the family.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Richland County Children Services.