John Elwood Bradfield Sr., a World War II veteran who worked in the purchasing departments of companies in Maryland and the Midwest, died Monday of complications from a stroke at his Westminster home. He was 79.
Born in Indianola, Ill., Mr. Bradfield graduated from Lincoln High School in Vincennes, Ind.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1943, and served aboard the USS Wyoming, a battleship that patrolled East Coast waters. He studied electronics at Camp Perry Naval Reservation in Williamsburg, Va., before his discharge in December 1945.
That year he married the former Marjorie L. McNaughton. The couple would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary Tuesday.
Mr. Bradfield worked in the purchasing departments for three companies, beginning in 1953 at Uniroyal in Illinois.
He moved to Westminster in 1968, where he was the purchasing manager for 12 years at Cambridge Rubber in Taneytown.
He then moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he was the purchasing manager at R.G. Berry and a production scheduler for Rockwell International. He retired in 1986 and returned to Westminster.
Mr. Bradford was a Mason for 50 years, and enjoyed playing bridge and going out in his pontoon boat.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at Grace Fellowship Chapel, 20 Bell Road, Westminster, where he was a member and elder.
Besides his wife, survivors include a daughter, Judith Lorch of Westminster; a son, John E. Bradfield Jr. of Hampstead; a sister, Agnes Lupear of Concord, Calif., and four grandchildren.