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Mark R. Braford

96, of Indianapolis and Greenwood, passed away on September 11, 2012. He was born on February 8, 1916 in Kilkenny, MN to the late Mark and Christina Braford. He graduated from Owatonna High School in MN in 1932. Between high school and college he joined the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and built roads through the deep woods of northern MN. In 1940 he graduated from Indiana Central College (University of Indianapolis) with majors in chemistry, physics, and math. Subsequently he worked for 40 years in the rubber industry (U.S. Rubber, Uniroyal and Indianapolis Rubber Company) where he held a variety of positions including supervisor of the laboratory, head of research and development and vice president/technical director. He was an expert in the compounding of synthetic rubber which played an important role in the country's efforts during WWII.

He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Mabel; son, Mark (Catherine McCormick) Braford Jr.; daughters, Barbara (Roderick) Suthers and Ann (Terrence) Mappes; grandchildren, Lenore (Paul Drake) Braford, Zachary Braford, Kris Suthers, Lorinda (Terran Salbego) Suthers-Salbego, Joshua Mappes and Harmony Mappes. He is also survived by his sister Margaret Lewison and was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Braford.

Mark was an avid golfer who made a hole-in-one twice late in his career. He was devoted to his wife Mabel and his family and was never happier than when all his children and grandchildren came to visit at the same time. He was a member of the University Heights United Methodist Church for 71 years during which he served on many, many boards and committees.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home , 5141 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis, IN. The funeral service will be Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home, with entombment following at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the or The University Heights United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family at:

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Sept. 14, 2012
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