MANSFIELD – An American flag will be raised Thursday, Aug. 10. 2017 in front of the Richland County Courthouse at 6 p.m. to honor deceased Richland County U.S. Navy Veteran Charles Thomas Bixler.
Bixler was born Nov. 23, 1927, in Bellville. He was the son of Lester and Irma (Payne) Bixler. He died Feb 16, 2009 and is buried in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Charles was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy for four years. He served from Sept 24, 1945 to Nov 26. 1948. and served as a Hospitalman HN. Charles received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theatre Medal and a Good Conduct medal.
He retired from General Motors after 40 years of service as a tool and die maker. He was a member of U.A.W. Local 549, AMVETS Post 26, American Legion Post 16, Venus Masonic Lodge 152, F. & A.M., 32nd Degree, Valley of Canton.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley Brust Bixler; children, Trudi Wilson, and Lynda (Paul) Brooks, of Mansfield, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Timothy Thompson and daughter Laura Bixler Tinkey.
The Honored Veteran’s Flag will be flown for 21 days at the Richland County Administration Building after which the Veteran’s name will be engraved on a brass name plate and added to a plaque listing those veteran’s honored in the same manner already displayed on the wall in the foyer of the Richland County Administration Building.
The Joint Veterans Council of Richland County operates the flag program.
To seek this special honor for a deceased family veteran, contact Bruce Phipps at 419-524-5844.