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Harold J. Kandel
Age 99, of Hartville, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning May 20, 2014, at St. Joseph's Care Center. He was born in Greentown on February 23, 1915 to the late Norman and Nettie (Erb) Kandel and attended Mount Zion Grade School and Jackson High School. He was born at home and worked on the family farm, property now recognized as Diebold Research Center. Before marriage, he worked for the Hoover Company, met and married Kathryn L. (Fulmer) on May 24, 1939, and had a lifetime career as a welder for 43 years with Republic Steel retiring in 1983. During his entire career, Harold never missed one day of work. Additionally, for 15 years, Harold had a custom tractor business, plowing, cultivating and mowing and was part of the winning bid to build the Lake and Glenwood Football fields. Then, with his wife Kathryn, he carried papers for the Canton Repository for 15 years, covering over 100 miles a day servicing 900 customers.
Together, Harold and Kathryn lived in Hartville for 63 years, the Danbury for seven years and most recently St. Joseph's Care Center. In Hartville, Harold was a trained EMT and fireman for Hartville Volunteer Fire Department. Active in church, they were members of East Market Street United Church of Christ. He was a member of William McKinley Lodge, #431, F.&A.M. Active in family life, Harold was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts and travelled with Kathryn extensively in the United States and Canada. The highlight of their trips was a 13 week visit to Alaska. Preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Kathryn on Feb. 1, 2013; daughters-in-law, Carol and Barbara; brother, Loren; and sister, Mildred Mann.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, James of Anderson, S.C., Gary and Marilyn of Columbus, Ind., Jack and Denise of North Canton; grandchildren: Debbie Kandel, Jeff Kandel, Shelly (Charles) Keiser, Christy (Joe) Spurgeon, Julie (Pete) Lynch, Amanda (Brad) Wochomurka, Nichole Keck, Eric Kandel; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Verla (Glen) Forney of Florida and Phoebe (Hart) Manley of Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are Thursday 12:30-2:00 p.m. at Arnold Funeral Home Hartville. Funeral services begin Thursday 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. David Brown officiating. Final resting place is Mount Peace Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to East Market St. United Church of Christ, 1580 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44305 or St. Joseph's Care Center, 2308 Reno Dr., Louisville, OH 44641.
Arnold Funeral Home
504 W. Maple St. Hartville, OH 44632
Published in The Repository on May 21, 2014