Charles W. Bradfield

November 21, 1926 ‒ April 12, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

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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  • We have lost temporarily the fellowship of a truly outstanding Christian gentleman.
    His greatness is reflected in his family and in his character. But, we shall see him again
    when we too enter Heaven. See you later, Charles!

    Blake and Gere Wagner

  • A great man leaving many memories in his trail for us to cherish from our IBM days together. Our regrets and prayers to the family in their loss at this time.

  • Our sincere condolences to the Bradfield family. I first met Chuck fifty one years ago while applying for a job and later worked for him in Marion. He gave many of us our start at IBM. He was a good man and a gentleman. I’m sure I walked in some of his footsteps on the Appalachian Trail.

  • Debbie, Pegge and families, Im so sorry for the loss of Uncle Charles. What a great man he was, always a smile. Unfortunately we wont be able to make it today. but you are in our thoughts and prayers. One of the best memories I have is my Dad laughing so hard at him, when his “clean cut” brother came home from his hiking trip with that white beard. So many memories with our great family. Lots of love

  • to Chucks family
    I’m a member of the men’s share group with Chuck. The share group meets every
    Monday morning at Mac Donalds I will miss his smile , conversation, and sharing of faith.

    Roger Ward

  • To Debbie, Pegge and all of your family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My heart and prayers go out to all. May he Rest In Peace.
    With love, Cathy Cullen Sterner

  • Pegge and Debbie,
    We are sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a wonderful example of love and happiness. love, kim and Chip

  • Many of “us kids” or even young adults were blessed to be raised by our own parents and the parents of our friends at First Church on the Square in Mansfield. Indeed,it does take a village! So much love was given to all of us by these outstanding parents. Not only did they set a good example for us, but were there for us when we had moments of “falling short” as we matured. They were God’s unconditional love on earth. Many of these parents (couples) have been wonderful support to each other over years and years of friendship. I won’t try to name all of them as surely someone would be left out. Although there is sadness, as when one of them like Chuck ends his earthly life, there lives live on in the people they touched. It can certainly be seen in your family and that it is being passed on to the next generations. God has us on this earth to “be here” for each other……and so God’s love continues to live on….in all of “us kids” who are God’s children.