Harold J. Rodabaugh, age 98, originally of New Stark, OH, died peacefully on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Willowbrook Christian Village, Delaware, OH. He was born August 14, 1922 to the late Owen and Amanda (Marquart) Rodabaugh. On March 2, 1957 he married Kaye Nonnamaker of Bluffton, OH, where they raised two daughters. They were divorced in 1970.
One of nine children, Harold enjoyed woodworking, refinishing furniture, and vegetable gardening in his spare time. He worked various manufacturing jobs throughout the Allen, Hancock and Putnam county areas and was a skilled Tool and Die Maker for many years. He retired from Whirlpool Corporation, Findlay Division in 1987.
Among his many memories are the “Amber Skies” of the dustbowl during the great depression era and looking for the elusive Northern Lights of his childhood with his granddaughter.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Harold was on the USS Breckenridge, a transport ship, headed to Japan to begin a land invasion when Japan surrendered on August 14, 1944, his 22nd birthday. He said the ship reversed course and stopped in Guam to pick up more men. At this point the Breckenridge carried 5,500 and was overloaded by 500 men, but there was not one complaint because everyone knew they were going home. He was proud that he “just lived one day at a time and kept on going”.
In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his eight siblings and their spouses. Harold’s sisters were – Mary Grabiel, Zelma Freed, Clara Burrell; brothers were – Floyd Rodabaugh, Willis Rodabaugh, Chesney Rodabaugh, Lester Rodabaugh and Walter “Pete” Rodabaugh, and their spouses.
Harold is survived by his devoted daughters and son-in-law, Maree Gallentine of Bluffton, Joy and Dwayne Petko of Radnor; granddaughter, Sarah Lumens, grandson-in-law, Chris Lumens, and many nieces and nephews throughout Hancock county and the country.
Private family services will be arranged at a future date.
The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Rodabaugh family. Please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com to share a memory of Harold or to leave a condolence for the family.