Harold D. Brode, 94, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Westminster Woods in Huntingdon.
Born May 22, 1924, in Saxton, Bedford County, he was a son of the late William H. and Dolly M. (Carberry) Brode. Aug. 25, 1945, he married the former Verna Mae Reed in the Saxton Church of God. Mrs. Brode preceded him in death Feb. 22, 2003.
Mr. Brode is survived by children, Terry Brode and wife, Mina, Camp Hill, Tonia Corbin and husband, Leroy, Little Valley, Carol Barnett and husband, Carl, Todd, Judy Chamberlain and husband, Jim, York, Bill Brode, Little Valley, Don Brode, Rimersburg; sixteen grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, with two more expected this fall.
He is also survived by siblings June Lemin and William Brode and wife, Judy.
Along with his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Brode, and two grandsons, Leroy D. Corbin and Brad A. Brode.
Mr. Brode was a member of the Huntingdon County Republican Committee and the Little Valley Sportsman’s Club.
He was a graduate of Saxton-Liberty High School.
His great values began at 9 years of age when he began working with his dad cutting lumber. This became his livelihood as he started his family. Before his retirement from PennDOT, he was employed by Texas Eastern and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
After his retirement, he spent the first few years traveling the United States with his wife. In later years, he could be found supporting the Tussey Mountain High School baseball, football and wrestling teams. This support continued well into his 90s. They became part of his family. Each one was very important to him. He loved the outdoors and spent much time enjoying wildlife.
For the last 18 months, Mr. Brode was a resident of Westminster Woods in Huntingdon. It was not his valley home, but soon he made it his home with the support of his family and the staff at Westminster. Just as he adopted the Tussey Mountain High School teams and supported them, it was time to be adopted into another family, the Westminster staff. The family knew when they were not there the staff was taking good care of him. A bird feeder was placed outside his window where he could watch the birds, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks and deer feast on the seeds. The first day the feeder was filled, a deer came up to his window and looked in at him and welcomed him to Westminster. He knew he was home.
His family said, “Now he has entered into his permanent home with the Lord, we rejoice knowing where he is.”
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Akers Funeral Chapel, 715 Church St., Saxton, with the Rev. Kathy Speck officiating. Interment will be made in Grandview Cemetery.
Friends and family will be received at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, and from 10 a.m. Wednesday, until the hour of service.
If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Brode to Westminster Woods at Huntingdon, 360 Westminster Drive, Huntingdon, PA 16652 or Oasis of Love Church, 2159 Broad Top Mountain Road, Saxton, PA 16678.