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Rollo W. Bradford, born October 24, 1928, surrounded by his loving family, entered a state of peace with the Lord on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lois (Wandtke) Bradford; brother, Paul Bradford; his son, Chris; daughters, Peggy and Penny; and son, Kim. He also has 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Cloyce and Grace Bradford; and sister, Joyce Schmuhl.
As a Charter member of his growing church, he served as an Elder and church councilman for many years at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swanton, where he remained an active member through his life.
All his life, he was a working man with a kind and giving heart. A "jack-of-all-trades", he could build anything. As a tradesman and member of Local 50 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union for 67 years, Rollo worked on many projects across Northwest Ohio. In his later years, he built children's confidence and knowledge in the skills of archery while volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America; however, his real and true love was building upon his wonderful relationship with his family. Of the things he enjoyed in life, he loved spending time with his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing cards, or captaining his pontoon boat at his lake property in Hillsdale, MI. A jovial man of few words, he leaves behind a legacy of hard work and loving care.
Visitation will be held Monday, October 5th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, October 6th at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 200 Dodge St. in Swanton, where visitation will be held one hour prior, with Rev. Ed Strietelmeier officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens in Waterville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church - Building Fund or Senior Independence Hospice.
Residence: Swanton, Ohio
Visitation: Monday, October 5th from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton
Funeral Service: Tuesday, October 6th at 11:00 am at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swanton
Interment: Highland Memory Gardens
Aunt Lois and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our sympathy and prayers are with all of you. I'm so grateful for the wonderful memories I have of you and Uncle John. I Pray for peace and strength for each of you. I LOVE YOU Aunt Lois! Love, Dave, Lisa, Ashley and Meghan
Lisa Paul Oct 7 2015 12:00 AM
Lois & Family, Remembering our visits with my mom (Lucille) at your house while Aunt Grace was Staying there. You and Johnny were always so gracious. I can also remember Johnny when I was a kid, he was always so nice. In deepest sympathy. Kathie Carson
Rodney & Kathie Carson(Bostelman) Oct 6 2015 12:00 AM
Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss of Rollo. He was a kind and gentle man. May your wonderful memories surround you at this time. Our prayers are with your family.
Terry & Shirley Sampsel Oct 5 2015 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy to Lois and family.
Sandra Mathewson Landon Oct 4 2015 12:00 AM
Words cannot express my sorrow for earth's loss and heaven's gain! Many prayers, much love, and my deepest sympathy are with you Dear Lois and Family.
Lauretta Jeffries Slawinski Oct 3 2015 12:00 AM
Chris and Family My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your Father.
Kevin Agee Oct 3 2015 12:00 AM
LOIS AND FAMILY, SO SORRY TO READ ABOUT YOUR LOSS OF JOHN , OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
Nancy and George Zitzelberger Oct 3 2015 12:00 AM
Paul, we are so sorry for your loss. We will pray for comfort for your family. We love you.
Jack and Pat Gagel Oct 2 2015 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear of John Passing. Sorry we are so far away. Our Hearts and prays are with you All
TOM&SHIRLEY RIGNEY Oct 1 2015 12:00 AM
Sharon and I have many memories of going to Faith Lutheran Church and seeing Mr. Bradford and all of his family there, with him. He was a kind and devout Christian man and he will be missed. We are sending prayers to Lois, Chris, Peggy, Penny, Kim and the rest of the family also.
Karen Coon McConnell & Sharon Coon Oct 1 2015 12:00 AM