Harold J. Abdo, 69, of Davenport, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Genesis East Medical Center. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10:00 am at The Runge Mortuary.
Visitation will be Friday from 4-7 pm at the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors conducted at the All Veterans Memorial. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. Online condolences may be left at www.rungemortuary.com.
Harold was born February 21, 1945 in Cedar Rapids, IA. He was the only child of Sam and Mary (Haddad) Abdo. His parents operated a small "Mom and Pop" grocery store. . When he was in elementary school, he saved a kindergartner's life from being hit by a car and received awards from the Governor of Iowa and the President of the United States.
His mother passed away when Harold was seven and his father passed when he was 13. He was raised by his aunt and uncle, Rose and Frank Nassif.
Harold graduated from George Washington High School, Cedar Rapids and The University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. He also attended Muscatine Community College and The University of Iowa.
He married the love of his life, Pam Osborne on June 21, 1970 in Newton, IA. They had two fabulous children, David and Sara Jane (Mrs. Kyle Gott) and two wonderful grandchildren, Anthony and Emily Gott. He loved his children and his grandchildren very much.
He proudly served his country from 1967 until 1969, serving in the US Army. During advanced infantry training, he was recognized as being the outstanding trainee of his division. The last year of his service was in Vietnam where he was awarded The Bronze Star for valor.
His employment career began in 1971 as a bank examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); he joined Security State Trust & Savings Bank in Bettendorf as a bank officer in 1974 and was recognized as Sales Executive of the Year in 1975. Other career moves had Harold becoming CFO for an industrial recycling company, and he retired from AT&T in 2003. Having spare time after retirement, he became a school bus dispatcher for First Student and Durham School Services. Becoming the liaison for patron busing to the John Deere Classic PGA golf tournament was the highlight of his retirement.
His memberships included: St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport; the American Legion Post #26; Vietnam Veterans of America #776 and several civic organizations. He also enjoyed bowling, having been named Muscatine Bowler of the Year in 1966, his children's music and athletic activities and Iowa Hawkeye athletics. The drum and bugle corps activity was a lifelong interest of his as well.
The family wishes to thank Harold's medical staff for all of their assistance, especially his Visiting Nurse, Robin Roberts. His cousins, Nick and Lorene Nassif and family, Marie and the late Ike Bojrab and family, Gene and Sandy Nassif and family, Wilma and Bob Easton and family, Kay and David Rose, Pat and Michael Trotter and family, and the Jelinek family, who were all very beloved by Harold.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Pam; son, David, daughter, Sara and son-in-law Kyle Gott and grandchildren: Anthony and Emily Gott.