Harley George Fathbruckner Jr.

July 22, 1924 ‒ April 05, 2015

Delaware, Ohio

Harley George Fathbruckner Jr. of Delaware, Ohio passed away on April 5, 2015. He was 90 years old.

Harley was born at home in the village of Stratford in Delaware, OH on July 22, 1924. His loving wife of 67 years, Esther Mae (Brooks) Fathbruckner preceded him in death in 2012. He was the son of the late Harley George Fathbruckner Sr. and Tillie Viola Fathbruckner. Also preceding him in death was his brother Andrew Fathbruckner and sisters Genevieve Coy and Anna Warden Harman.

Harley is survived by his three loving children Jenny Poole of Delaware, Rose Mary (Tom) O’Connell of Grove City and Michael (Melody) Fathbruckner of Delaware; grandchildren Cheryl Burns, Bradley Poole, Julie (Shon) Childers, David (Angel) O’Connell, Renee (Kris) Bruestle, Amy (Jeff) Cox, Lori (Rick) Herriott, Timothy (Beth) Fathbruckner, Megan (Greg) Welsh, and Emily (Tyler) Winner; 27 great grandchildren; brothers Larry (Peggy) Fathbruckner and James (Mary Deanna) Fathbruckner; sisters Mary Christine (Ray) O’Connell and Janice (Rick) Trippier; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Harley graduated from Hyatts High School in 1943. During his high school years, he was quite the baseball and basketball player. He continued to play baseball after high school with the hopes that he and his brother Andy would both play for the Red Birds, the farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals. This was never meant to be as World War II came along and dashed all hopes for either one of them. Harley did play for a few local teams. He played left field position for the Delaware Indians in 1944, 1945 and 1946. These games were played at Blue Limestone and always in front of a huge crowd. He also played for Sunray Stove in the All Star League. Harley continued to play at the age of 75 for the Old Timers League.

During World War II, due to a medical condition, Harley was unable to serve in the military and he was assigned by the draft board to work at Curtis Wright in Columbus, OH (now known as North American Rockwell) which manufactured aircraft for the war, specifically the Hell Diver. After the war, Harley worked as a machinist at Valves and Presses, Clark Toole and Design and retired from Boyd construction. He farmed for a number of years after retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and baseball and was an avid Dodger fan. Harley was also a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware.

Harley loved having his family and friends around him. He never wanted you to leave. He would always say “what so soon? but you just got here”. In his later years, he enjoyed sitting/swinging on his front porch in the summer time chatting with friends and family. He was very content to swing away the hours on a warm summer day listening to the quiet sounds of the country and having his faithful dog, Biddie, by his side.

The family wishes to thank Hospice for all of their wonderful care this past year. Thanks also to the nurses and staff at Grady Memorial Hospital who gave him such comfort and care these last few weeks of his life.

The family will receive friends on Thursday April 9 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William Street at Valleyside Dr., Delaware and where a vigil of prayer service will be held at 8:15 pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday April 10 at 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William Street, Delaware with Rev. Fr. Michael Watson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. The St. Mary Bereavement Committee will then host a luncheon in the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center Community Room.

Those wishing a remembrance of Harley are asked to donate to OhioHealth /HomeReach Hospice, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, OH 43214 or to the Council for Older Adults, 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware, OH 43015.

Condolences may be expressed to the family and memories may be shared by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com




  • Jenny and family

    So sorry to hear about your dad our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    with deepest sympathy
    Gene & Carol Ufferman

  • Love to a FANTASTIC family. My special times with Mom and Dad will always be cherished

  • My prayers are with your family in the loss of your Father. May The Lord comfort you in this time of sadness. God Bless!!

  • Jenny,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    De Etta Scott

  • Rosie and Family
    Deepest Sympathy for the loss of your Dear Father.
    Wishing you peace and comfort at this difficult time.
    Mike and Linda

  • To the Fathbruckner Family.
    May the memories that you have you, will forever keep, give you some peace and strength during this difficult time.Losing a loved one in death is never easy. May you find comfort in God’s promise that we will see our loved ones again John 6:40

  • Dear Fathbruckner Family,
    I was sorry to hear of Harley’s death. May he rest in peace.

    Paul (Butch) Jumper