CHARLES J. BRADISH
June 29, 1931- February 28, 2013
During the early morning of February 28, 2013, beloved husband, father and grandfather Charles, returned home to the arms of the Lord.
Born and raised in Eckley, PA, Charles was drafted in November of 1952 and served in the United States Army where he was deployed as an anti-aircraft artillery gunner in Okinawa, Japan. He earned the National Defense Service Medal for Good Conduct and in November of 1954, Cpl Charles J. Bradish was honorably discharged.
In 1957, he earned his college degree from Penn State University and a year later he and his wife Marie moved to Albuquerque, NM where he worked at the Sandia National Laboratories for the Atomic Energy Commission.
Charles moved his family to California in 1963. There he was employed at the Atomics International Division of North American Aviation as an engineer working on flight nuclear reactors. He later transferred to the Rocketdyne Division of North American Aviation where he was a design engineer working on the F-1 rocket engine. This engine was the booster engine for the Saturn 5 vehicle which ultimately took the United States to the moon.
When the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) program began, Charles joined the team designing the engine's fuel turbopumps. He was known for his meticulous attention to detail. He was subsequently promoted to Design Manager of that team. In 1990, he retired from Rocketdyne after 30 years of distinguished service in the Aerospace Industry and will always be remembered by his co-workers as someone always willing to help and for his great sense of humor.
Charles was a devoted husband to wife Marie, who preceded him into the kingdom of God. Those who mourn his passing are daughter, Karen Tribbey; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Manny Olivas and Linda and Mike Layman; grandchildren, Matthew, Cameron and Evan Tribbey, Cory and Celine Olivas and Nicholas and Jenna Layman.
A memorial service celebrating Charles' life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at St. Bernardine of Siena Catholic Church, 22410 Calvert St., Woodland Hills, CA 818-340-2130.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on March 17, 2013