News Death Notice

MONROE, Harold 78, of Lebanon, OH passed away at his home on August 8, 2012. Preceded in death by parents Oscar and Georgia (nee: Pentico) Monroe, sister, Georgiana Fenwick of Hutchinson, KS, brothers: Leonard Monroe of Dodge, KS, Jim Monroe of Arizona, Wesley Monroe of Spokane, WA, and Richard Monroe of Kansas. He is survived by his wife Janie Monroe of Lebanon, his brother, Dale Monroe of Sterling, KS, his son, Sid Monroe and wife Shannon, of Lexington, KY, grandson, Joseph Monroe of Eugene, OR, and two great-grandsons, Eben and Caleb Monroe. Born February 21, 1934 in Sterling, KS, he was the fourth of seven children. Orphaned at the early age of 14, Harold soon earned enough to pay cash for a new car. This strong work ethic followed Harold throughout his career. Harold earned his pilots license at the early age of 17, served four years in the army and worked at various jobs. Harold was married to his wife, December 17, 1966, Lois "Janie" Monroe, formerly a Vanmeter, in Springfield, Ohio. He relocated to Lebanon and started the Lebanon Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge/Jeep dealership, located on State Route 63. Harold earned the reputation equaled by few for his honesty and integrity. Often times a handshake sealed the deal. Harold served in the National Guard, was Lebanon Rotary President and worked as a Lebanon City Councilman. He frequently took on civic minded tasks, including reclaiming the cemetery from its over grown state next to his new dealership, working diligently to preserve the integrity of any displaced headstones to the Lebanon Cemetery. Harold led by example, selling in excess of 50,000 vehicles, with his dealership being singled out over and over again for awards in sales and management. He and his wife were given the distinct honor of traveling with Lee Iacocca for his abilities with Chrysler, along with other trips circling the world. Harold was passionate about his heritage, documenting back 39 generations to a remote castle in Scotland. He is donating his research to the Moran tabernacle for preservation and access by others wishing to trace their families. Family and friends will remember his quick smile and generous heart, his encouraging words and his quiet faith. He is home with the only perfect Father, resting in peace. Visitation was Wednesday, August 15 from 12 Noon -2 PM with funeral service immediately following, all at Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home, Lebanon. Reverend Tom Pendergrass officiated. Online condolences available at www.Hoskinsfh.com.

Published in Dayton Daily News from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15, 2012