Harold Park Sabroff

April 6, 1947July 31, 2018
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Harold “Park” Sabroff age 71, of Greenville passed away at 6:03 PM on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in the ER at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Park was born April 6, 1947, in Sidney to the late Kenny & Lucy (Schmidt) Sabroff. In addition to his parents, Park was also preceded in death by a half-brother, Dale Sabroff; and a step sister, Vickie Harter. Park is survived by his wife, Dee (Eley) Sabroff whom he married June 29, 2001; children, Kim Sabroff of Sidney, Kevin & Carrie Sabroff of Greenville, Donneta & Jason Shardo of Versailles and Chad Smith of Fairfield; grandchildren, Derek Simmons, Dustin Simmons, Tyler Nolte, Dakota Sabroff, Noah Sabroff, Savanna Sabroff, Ethan Sabroff, Ava Shardo, Salimah Shardo, Emerson Shardo, Nolan Shardo and Gabe Shardo; great-grandchildren, Khloe Simmons and Derek Simmons; brother & sister-in-law, Coy & Rose Buirley of Greenville; half-brother, Kenny Sabroff of Wisconsin; half-sister, Donna Andruss of Wisconsin; step brother, Allen & Peggy Thwaits of Celina; step sister, Pam Wasson of Bellefontaine; in-laws, Blaine & Debbie Jones of Greenville and Ronnie & Doneta Jamison of Virginia; special pals, Sam & Sassy; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Park served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Whirlpool in Greenville with 38 years of service. Park was a member of the Greenville V.F.W. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 3, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with full military honors conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Darke County Humane Society, 7053 State Route 49 North, Greenville, OH 45331.


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Robin Jenks

August 3, 2018

My heart goes out to the family-
Parks was kind, quiet but always pleasant.
Rest In Peace.

Dana Schilling

August 2, 2018

My sincere sympathies for the loss of Parks! He was such a kind, calm, and happy person. He always had a smile on his face when starting the day at WP. May the memories you and the family shared with him comfort you Dee in the coming days! He touched so many and will be missed.

Denise Huff

August 2, 2018

Dee I am very sorry. God has picked a good man. Park has touched many lives. He will be truly miss. My first job with Park was on the 4C line. That really goes way back. RIP Park. Prayers to you Dee.

Doris Aultman

August 2, 2018

Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution thanks Harold for his service to America.

KATHERINE (Kitty) Mogle

August 2, 2018

Was shocked to hear of the untimely death of Parks. I remember him fondly from our days at Whirlpool . He was always a kind supervisor and always found a gentle way to handle our disputes. He was always there with a smile and never was unkind to anyone. Even seeing him out of work since retiring he would stop to chat with you. My prayers are with you Dee and all his family he will be surely missed. He was one of the great ones. He leaves a lot of wonderful memories for all of us who knew him. Sorry I am out of town and can not stop by for his celebration of life to share my stories of this wonderful man. PRAYERS for your comfort and healing.

Walter kiser

August 2, 2018

So sorry for your loss Park was a great guy he will be missed . We are praying for you and your family

Shelly Knick

August 2, 2018

We are so sorry to hear of Park's passing. I always think of him fondly- he was truly one of the good ones. He will be missed.

Thomas & Shelly Knick

Pat Addis

August 1, 2018

Dee my prayers go out to you and the family. He was a fun and great person to have known. He will be greatly missed .

William Jones

August 1, 2018

Harold was my supervisor when I worked in sub-assembly at Whirlpool. We had good times with fun and laughter. I will miss him for those memories

Stacie Male

August 1, 2018

My deepest condolences to Dee and family. I will never forget Parks and all the fun he brought to Whirlpool. He was a special mentor and I cherish all the memories that Parks gave to me !


Park and his mom Lucy


Park's mom Lucy



When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Harold Park Sabroff who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Harold was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Harold knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Harold was born on April 6, 1947 at Sidney Hospital in Sidney, Ohio. His parents were Kenny Sabroff and Lucy Thwaits. Harold was raised in Greenville, Ohio. Even as a youngster, Harold learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Harold was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Harold was raised with his brother Coy, he didn't meet his other brothers and sister until later in life. Park was the oldest with younger brothers Coy, Dale, Kenny and one younger sister Donna. Harold had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Harold, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      Harold's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Harold enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Harold he loved to play baseball. In his spare time he liked to ride his bike for miles just to play baseball.

      In school, Harold was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Harold was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Harold’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Greenville High School in 1966. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Algebra.

      Harold was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Harold was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Harold came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were Victor Arnett and Jerry Marker. Later in life, his best friend was his wife.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Harold reveled in the security of his family. On June 29, 2001 Harold exchanged wedding vows with Deanna Jo Smith at the At the Mayor's office of Greenville, Ohio. One of Harold’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Harold was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Harold would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Harold was blessed with four children, two sons, Kevin and Chad: two daughters, Kim and Donneta. They were also blessed with twelve grandchildren, Derek, Dustin,Tyler, Dakota, Noah, Savanna, Ethan, Ava, Salimah,Emerson, Nolan, and Gabe, and two great grandchildren, Khloe and Derek.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Harold was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Harold was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Harold upheld his standards. His primary occupation was a Group Leader. He was employed for 38 years for Whirlpool. It started out as Hobarts, then Dart and Kraft and Whirlpool bought them. Harold was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Harold was an Army Veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He was in the he was stationed at Ft Leonard Wood MO. Harold saw action for the Vietnam War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of SP 4. He received several awards recognizing his for his heroism, including a NDSM Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar.

      Harold approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were working on the farm, fishing, auctions, feeding his outside birds. Harold was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Harold to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. He played golf for awhile and he was on a bowling league. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. He liked to watch some football and some NASCAR.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Harold liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. Throughout his later years, Harold was an active member of the VFW.

      A civic-minded person, Harold was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. He was the type of person who could masterfully organize events and projects and then see to it that they were run in an efficient and timely manner. Politically, Harold was a Republican, he was for Trump all the way. During these years, Harold applied his analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Harold used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Harold had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included going up Pikes Peak, going out to Colorado, and taking Dee to the Smokey Mountains for the first time.

      Harold was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Harold’s favorites was Jozy, a Rottweiler. They were best friends for 11 years. His family was rounded out by his dogs Sam and Sassy, his cat Lucky and his turtle Luke.

      When Harold’s retirement finally arrived in 2009, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. His new life involved relocating to The Sabroff Ranch (home). In retirement, he found new pleasure in taking care of the homestead, and having supper ready when Dee got home from work, and fishing. In many ways, Harold loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Harold passed away on July 31, 2018 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He was cutting a tree limb up that had come down out of our tree, but was still supported by the tree, he made a cut which caused the limb to come down and crushed him. He is survived by his wife Dee, his children Kim, Kevin, Donneta,and Chad; his brother Coy and Kenny; his sister Donna and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services were held at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

      All who knew him would agree that Harold was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Harold Park Sabroff did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.