Dr. Bernard M. Mansfield

June 01, 1922 ‒ May 11, 2012


Dr. Bernard M. Mansfield, 89, of Galion, died Friday, May 11, 2012 at home after an extended illness surrounded by his family.

Born June 1, 1922 in Elberfeld, Germany, he was the son of the late Dr. Bernard P. and Elfriede M. Oschemann Mansfield. He was preceded in death on July 28, 2001 by his wife, Helen M. Taylor Mansfield whom he married on Dec. 26, 1943.

He was a graduate of Galion High School in 1940, Miami University in 1944 and University of Louisville, School of Medicine in 1947.

Dr. Mansfield was a World War II United States Army Medical Corps veteran and member of Christ United Methodist Church in Galion. He was proud of his family and thankful for his friends. He was a member of the American Medical Association, Miami University Alumni Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, Ohio State Academy of Family Physicians, a charter member and fellow diplomat of American Board of Family Practice and a member of the American Legion Scarbrough Post 243 in Galion. He was founder and a charter member of the Galion Historical Society and served as president from 1955 to 1975 and from 1977 to 2011 and was given the honor of President Emeritus and Board Member for Life.

Doc started out as a mine physician for the Black Mountain Coal Corporation in Harlan, Kentucky for one year prior to starting his private practice in Galion Aug. 15, 1949 and retired from his family practice July 1, 1999. He published a book June 1, 2010 called The Olentangy Legacy and has written a newspaper column called “Your Historical Galion” for the Galion Inquirer from 1955 to 1963 and 1984 to 1995. A weekly local historical item continues to be published under the heading of “Photo Album”.

He is survived by two daughters, Anne E. Mansfield of Bucyrus and Rebecca J. Mansfield of Galion; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Dr. John M. Mansfield and Dr. Donna Paulnock of Madison, Wisc., Richard S. and Elizabeth Mansfield of Shelton, Conn. and James B. Mansfield of Wadsworth; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and several caregivers, Kim, Andy, Carla, Jackie, Deb, Amanda, Ashley and all previous caregivers.

He is also preceded in death by one son, William A. Mansfield and one sister, Ruth Mansfield Schrotel.

Friends may call from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2012 at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home in Galion. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 14, at Christ United Methodist Church with Pastor Don Trigg officiating. Burial will follow in Iberia Cemetery with full military graveside honors conducted by the United States Army and the Galion/Crestline area veteran’s organizations.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Galion Historical Society, P.O. Box 125, Galion, Ohio 44833, Christ United Methodist Church Educational Scholarship Program, 130 East Walnut St. Galion, Ohio 44833 or to HomeCare Matters Hospice, P.O. Box 327, Galion, Ohio 44833.