Mark R. Braford, 96, of Indianapolis and Greenwood, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
He was born on Feb. 8, 1916 in Kilkenny, Minn., to the late Mark and Christina Braford.
He graduated from Owatonna High School in Minnesota in 1932. Between high school and college he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and built roads through the deep woods of northern Minnesota. 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 World War II.
He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Mabel Braford; 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.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave., Indianapolis, with visitation from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Entombment will follow services at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or The University Heights United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ghherrmann.com