Charles W. Bradfield
November 21, 1926 ‒ April 12, 2017
MANSFIELD: The youngest of five boys, Charles was born at home in Portage County, Ohio on November 21, 1926 to Archie W. and Minnie (Binegar) Bradfield. Charles grew up in the rumble seat era, plowing fields, tending cows, picking blackberries, tapping maple trees in the spring and boiling down the sap for syrup, playing 6-Man football in high school and later worked in the electronics and computer world – retiring from IBM after 35 years, where he never had a day he did not want to go to work. Committed to people, he always gave fair treatment and respect to his co-workers. Charles was dedicated to his family as a loving husband, devoted father, caring Grandpa and Great Grandpa and a loyal brother.
After graduating from Edinburg High School in 1944 he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Alabama and the Admiral’s ship the USS St. Paul, transferring ships via a boatman’s chair while in convoy to Japan during WWII. After the war, Chuck came home and married a cheerleader he met from 5 miles down the road when their two small country church youth groups combined. Charles and Rosemary (Wheaton) Bradfield were married September 26, 1948-68 ½ years ago.
Work took them from Edinburg and Charlestown to Parma, Mansfield, and Columbus, Ohio. After retiring as a Field Manager from IBM, Chuck fulfilled a lifelong dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail – a seed planted when he and Rosemary crossed the Appalachian Trail in Virginia on their honeymoon! He trained for this by adding another jar of peanut butter each week to his backpack as he walked the Sharon Woods Park in Columbus. Chuck hiked the entire 2,134.2 miles through 14 states when he was 62 years old in 1989. After hearing Chuck’s grandson, Seth, give weekly reports in 3rd grade on his Grandpa’s adventures, daily mileage and beautiful scenery, a classmate was inspired to hike the AT and did so in 2013. In fact, he recently just completed the Pacific Crest Trail!
Eternally optimistic, Chuck battled health issues his last several years with grace and determination. Between his positive thinking, the power of prayer and God’s help, Chuck’s kidney function was turned around and he came off of dialysis after 34 treatments. Chuck took his final step Wednesday, April 12, 2017 after battling Multiple Myeloma for 4 years. He was 90 years old.
Charles was a member of The First United Methodist Church and the Emmaus Community. He enjoyed golfing and even made a hole-in-one at the 180 yard hole #10 (using a 3 wood) at The Woods, on May 10, 2007 when he was 80 years old. He instilled the love of travel and camping to his family which has continued now for 4 generations. Over the years he served on Trustees, PPR, as a Lay Leader and usher at church. He was a hard-working man and an excellent provider. Early in life he taught his children the importance of honesty, integrity, doing a job well and having goals. He was a life-long blood donor having given over 14 gallons. One of Chuck’s lasting memories was when he, along with other WWII Veterans, were given their day of celebration by our country to show appreciation and gratitude for their military sacrifice on an Honor Flight trip to Washington, DC to visit their memorial on November 6, 2010.
Charles was the rock of his family with his sensible, analytical, and calm approach to everything. He was always available for guidance and encouragement and will be remembered for his kindness, patience and quiet contemplation. His strong moral character and deep love for his family live on as a role model to many.
Left to cherish his memory is his adoring wife Rosemary whom he has cared for during the last 18 ½ years, taking his wedding vows very seriously and truly standing by her through sickness and health; their 2 daughters and their families: Debbie (Dave) Roberts of Mansfield and their 2 children: Tiffany (Jason) Miller and Seth (Melissa) Roberts; Pegge (Dave) Lewis of Olathe, Kansas and their 4 sons: Geoff, Josh (MJ), Cory (Alyson) and Nate Lewis. Chuck and Rosemary’s 5 great-grandchildren brought them much delight, Emma Rose Miller, Myles David and Crosby Bauer Roberts and Elias Samuel Lewis. He is also survived by one brother Harold R. (Martha Bella) Bradfield, many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Along with his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his children Pamela Sue and Todd William Bradfield; three brothers Floyd A., Glendale C., and Clyde H. Bradfield; and a great granddaughter Hattie Mae Miller.
The family will receive friends Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 10am – 12pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 12 noon. Charles’ son-in-law Dave Roberts will speak. Burial with military honors performed by the American Legion Post #535 will follow in Lexington Cemetery.
Charles’ family extends heartfelt thanks to Dr. Exten, Dr. Pawar and Dr. Fahmy for their outstanding care of Charles along with numerous and loving caregivers.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Multiple Myeloma Association may be made through the funeral home.
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