Harold A. Close

SALEM – Harold A. Close, 99, died at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2019 at Salem Regional Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 29, 1919 in Salineville, the son of the late Lewis A. and Mary J. (Beadnell) Close.

Harold retired in 1985 from General Motors Lordstown where he worked in machinery repair for 13 years. He previously worked at E.W. Bliss Co. as a millwright and at Electric Furnace as a pipefitter.

He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Salem and a 1937 graduate of Salineville High School. He was a member and past Commander of Salem VFW Post 892, member and president of the former Deerfield Ruritan Club, member of the Deerfield American Legion Post 714, member and past president of the L.L.L. in Deerfield.

He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

His wife, Ruth G. (Ludlam) Close, whom he married June 6, 1940 preceded him in death April 2, 2017.

Survivors include his daughter, Nancy (Mark) Firth of Salem; son, Ronald (Janice) Close of Alvin, TX; a brother, Glenn (Betty) Close of Oberlin; four granddaughters; five great-grandsons; three great-great grandsons; one great-great granddaughter.

Besides his parents and wife, a grandson, Thomas A. Close, and a sister, Naomi Smith, also preceded him in death.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2019 at Stark Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Rowley officiating. Calling hours will be held Monday from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Salineville.

Arrangements were handled by Stark Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Harold’s obituary may be viewed, and condolences sent online at www.starkmemorial.com.


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