Harry Albert Brokaw

October 28, 1926 ‒ December 16, 2017

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Harry Albert Brokaw went to be with the Lord Saturday afternoon, December 16, 2017 in Crystal Care Center in Mansfield. He was 91.

He was born October 28, 1926 in Mansfield to parents Harry & Sadie (Weyrick) Brokaw. After he was graduated from Madison High School with the class of 1945, he proudly served his country by joining the US Marines Corps. during WWII.

A beautiful young lady named Helen Shireman caught his eye and the pair soon married on March 5, 1949. Now they are together again.

Harry worked for Western & Southern Life Insurance Company as an insurance agent, where he worked for over 31 years until retiring in 1984.

In spare time, he took pleasure in mushroom hunting, walking and mowing the grass. He also enjoyed traveling, having been to all 48 contiguous states while only getting one speeding ticket. He especially enjoyed fishing having owned a pontoon boat at one time. His favorite fishing spot was the Canadian fishing trips he took to Elsas on Kapuskasing Lake.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Karen & Dan Williams of Crestline; his sons and daughters-in-law Robert & Vicki Brokaw of Vandalia and David & Donna Brokaw of North Canton; ten grandchildren; Eleven great grandchildren; siblings Myron & Paula Brokaw, Jack & Miriam Brokaw, Shirley & Don Swank, Elaine & Harry Johnson, William Brokaw, Connie & Rick Conover, Sharon & Terry Holdren and Carol June & Gene Shaw; and numerous nieces nephews and extended family.

In addition to his loving wife, Harry was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson Matthew David Brokaw.

The Brokaw family will receive friends Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Harry’s life will be held Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. Minister Steve Kistler will speak. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in Harry’s memory to the Arthritis Foundation may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Harry’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • So very sorry to hear of Harry ‘s passing. Although he lived a full life it is difficult to let him go. I first met Harry in 1956 as I bought insurance from him. He was always very very pleasant and helpful. God bless and help you during this time.

  • Elaine I am sorry to just see the lost of Harry he was one of my fond memories as a child. Him and my Dad shared many cups of coffee at my grandma’s house. He was the best insurance person we knew. You and me are related some how. My Dad was Rex and my Mom was Peggy and my grandma was Mary Brokaw . With both of my parents passed, I have lost touch with the family. May God bless you and your family. Love Cheryl