Harold D. Bernath, age 92 years, of Wauseon, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2018, at The Ebeid Hospice Residence in Sylvania.
He was born Aug. 25, 1925, at Wauseon, the son of Harry and Dinah (Merillat) Bernath.
A 1942 graduate of Pettisville High School, he joined the U.S. Marines at the age of 17 and served during W.W. II.
He married Frances Vorderburg on April 7, 1951, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 12, 2016.
A lifelong resident of the Wauseon area, he farmed, at one time managed the West Unity Turnpike Plaza, and later for many years hauled cattle for Lugbill Auction and Delta Livestock.
He then was known for many years to buy and sell at auctions.
Late in life, he became an avid NBA fan (San Antonio Spurs his favorite).
Harold was a member of the Archbold Evangelical Church.
He is survived by three children, Kristin Lee of Rocky Mount, N.C., Gary B. Bernath of Wauseon, and Linda Folger of Temperance, Mich.; three grandchildren, Kyle Folger (Pet) of Toledo, TJ (Kathryn) Walker of Cary, N.C., and Nathan (Seandra) Walker of Akron; four great-grandchildren, Karly, Khloe, and Kyla Folger of Toledo, and Seely James Walker of Cary, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years; a son, Mark Alan Bernath in 1979; a grandson, Nicholas Walker; two sisters, Irene Mann and Merlin Miller Rupp.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, Aug. 24, at 10:30 a.m., at the Archbold Evangelical Church with Revs. Jesse Kahler and Roger Andrews officiating. A luncheon will follow in the Pettisville Park Pavilion.
It was Harold’s wish to be an anatomical donor at the University of Toledo Medical School.
Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements. www.ShortFuneralHome.com.