ROBERT LEIGH BRADFIELD SR.
WEST JEFFERSON — Robert Leigh Bradfield Sr., 86, of West Jefferson, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
Robert was born on June 12, 1927 to Leigh and Edith Bradfield in West Jefferson, Ohio, the oldest of three children.
After graduating from West Jefferson High School in 1945, Robert went to serve his country in World War II as a radio operator with the 139th Army Airways Communications Systems Squadron, Chitose Army Air Base, Japan.
Upon returning from war, Robert attended The Ohio State University, graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Later in life, Robert continued to be a great supporter and fan of The Ohio State University.
Robert worked for Allied Mills before being elected Postmaster for the Village of West Jefferson, a position he held for over 30 years. He was lucky enough to find his true passion in farming and cared for the family farm his entire life, where he grew wheat, corn, and soybeans, and was the shepherd of his flock until his death. To his grandchildren he was known as "Poppy" Keeper of the Moon.
For over 50 years, Robert was an active member of both the Shrine and the Masons. Over his lifetime he served for many organizations including the Madison County Zoning Board, the West Jefferson School Board, the West Jefferson Businessmen's Association and the Madison County Lamb Grower's Association.
Robert is survived by his wife of 48 years, Beverly; son, Robert (Deanna) Bradfield; daughter, Megan (Joseph) Pearson; sisters, Nancy (Jack) Smart and Rebecca Bradfield; grandchildren, Katie, Erin, Robert Bradfield, Mitchell and Ethan Pearson; nieces, Laura, Leslie, Lynda, Lysbeth; and nephew, John, as well as many more loved ones and friends.
Family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 at RADER-McDONALD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 W. Main St., West Jefferson, Ohio, followed by Masonic and Military Service beginning at 7 p.m.