Harold J. Abdo

February 21, 1945July 5, 2014
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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

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.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 19, 2014
  • Visitation Friday, July 18, 2014

Harold J. Abdo

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George Houck

November 16, 2014

I just heard of Harold's passing. I did business with him years ago at Security State bank in Bettendorf. A great and helpful man. I will never forget him.
George Houck

July 19, 2014

Dear Pam, David and Sara, I am so sorry for your loss. I first met your dad and the rest of the family when I opened my restaurant " Baba's". Your dad always had a smile on his face a kind word to anyone he met. I'm sorry I missed the funeral, I was traveling and just returned. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Joe and Sue Skaff

Patt Zamora

July 18, 2014

Dear Sara, I know your dad was so proud of you. He surely admired your courage in the face of adversity. Of course he will be missed. But he will live in beautiful memories so long as you or your children exist. Call on us if we can be helpful. We are here for you. Patt and John Zamora

July 17, 2014

Sara, I lost my dad to leukemia 2 years ago after only 2 weeks after diagnosis. Harold's precious spot in your heart will never be filled again, but
the memories start outweighing the loss. Right now this is all overwhelming, but shortly you will feel him with you when you least expect it. You truly have a new guardian angel with you. Allow him to touch you. Many thoughts, prayers, and hugs across the miles. Smile, he's watching.
Sincerely, Ken, Connie, and Megan Chitty (2008 Central graduate)

Sue Zettel

July 17, 2014

Mrs. Abdo - so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. May he rest in peace.

July 16, 2014

So sorry for your loss. I grew up with Harold in Cedar Rapids. We went to school and Church together. He will be forever remembered as a very kind person.
We were related as cousins ,
God be with Harold's family
Mary Lou ( Susie Nemer ) Pauba

Ev Lunning

July 16, 2014

Please accept my condolence at Harold's passing. I have sparkling memories of Harold in the title role in our 1963 musical "Fiorello." Harold's ebullient personality filled the part to overflowing. May you find comfort in the best memories of him. --Ev Lunning

July 16, 2014

July 14th, 2014

Dear precious Pam, & wonderful David, Sara, Anthony & Emily:

You have lost an incredibly marvelous, loving, passionate, caring, gr8, & “super-duper” husband, father and grandfather.

The world has lost an amazingly generous, humorous, talented, goofy, friendly, kind, compassionate, intelligent, unconditionally loving, “one-of-a kind” human being. (Not to mention the world's greatest practical joker). 7.4 billion people in the world, and, only one Ab, Uncle Abby, HJA, Abby, Abby do-do (dough) head and Haro (long o).

I have lost my best friend. I loved Ab unconditionally, with all my heart, soul, and mind.

But, here's the GOOD NEWS! Harold Joesph Abdo has been found! I have seen him. He had a totally new body (and, best of all, a new “Murph” nose, lol).

He was sitting around the kitchen table with Sam & Mary in their apartment where they lived above the Abdo Grocery Store. They were smiling & laughing. I heard Sam ask Haro (yes, Haro) if he remembered to tell Dennis that he's welcome to join us when he gets to heaven. And, did he remind Dennis that he would have his favorite Popsicle stored in the freezer waiting for him. An amazing part of this vision was that Sam was speaking in Arabic and I understood what he was saying.

2 Corinthians 5 New Living Translation (NLT)
New Bodies
5”For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 3For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.[a] 4While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it's not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 5God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
6So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7For we live by believing and not by seeing. 8Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”
Sadly, many people go throughout their entire lives and never really have a best friend, nor, have they ever been loved unconditionally. I had a best friend from birth until death, who loved me unconditionally.
For those of you who don't know, HJA & I knew each other for sixty-eight (68) years. (Yes, I was younger than Ab by nine months...hee, hee).
I have dozens and dozens of stories I can tell about Harold (and, quite a few I can't tell).
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the love of my life, my wife Kay, knew Harold from the 7th grade until his death.
Although Kay has Parkinson's Disease and onset Dementia (Kay lives in a memory unit in Bettendorf, Iowa), when I told her of Harold's passing, she remembered everything about our lives together with Ab.
We spent several hours together reminiscing. At first, we cried, but then our tears of sadness were wiped away by tears of joy. We shared story after story and laughed until we hurt.
Then, we spent time praying together for Harold, Pam, David, Sara, Anthony, and Emily. Our prayers and love with be with all y'all(hey I lived in South Carolina for twenty-two years) forever and ever.
Farewell Ab;
Farewell Fiorello;
Farewell BFF;
As you already know, when you took your final curtain call, your family and friends gave you a standing ovation as you left for heaven. And, when you entered heaven, you received another standing ovation; this time by your heavenly family and friends and all of God's angels.
Love you.

“Murph” and Kay

Jeffrey & Susie Thoe

July 15, 2014

We are so very sorry for your loss. We have happy memories of Harold and his ever present smile and robust laughter. We are praying that God will comfort you and wrap you lovingly in his arms. We send you love, hugs and prayers.

Don Boland

July 15, 2014

My condolences Pam to you and your family. We met many many years ago, and perhaps once or twice since ... but I worked with Harold at the FDIC and remember his easy smile and friendly nature. May you be blessed with the memories of a lifetime.