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Donald Lee Brode
Donald Lee Brode, 71, passed away on September 18, 2019. He was born July 24, 1948 in Akron to George and Jeanell Brode. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Miami University and was the owner of Brode Dry Cleaning Company.
For 10 years, Don served as Akron’s Ward 9 councilman. His proudest achievement was bringing a community center to Kenmore. He was chief of Ohio’s Civilian Conservation Corps and held leadership positions in both the Summit and Delaware County Republican Party. Don enjoyed volunteering with Heritage Christian Church’s Global Missions team and was known for his dance moves and green ’56 T-Bird convertible.
Don was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sally; son, Robert (Brittany); daughters, Tina (Ryan) Boyes and Amy (Damon) Moscato; brother, Robert (Dianne) Brode; grandchildren, Ty, Roman, Naomi, Keenan, Gabriel, Drew, Royce and Samuel; and nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Rd., Akron on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with Pastor Bud Couts officiating a noon service. Private interment at Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Don may be made to Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance (betterkenmore.org).
Don was a great family man and public servant. I will miss him and his positive attitude. My condolences to Sally and the family. He will be missed.
Andrew Brenner Sep 25 2019 12:00 AM
Sally & Family, so sorry for your loss of Don. He was a very special man to many people. Yes, the man COULD dance! I remember when he & you came to mine & his brother, Bobs & my 20th Class Reunion at the University Club. I had the honor of dancing with him- - oh boy, little did I know he was going to do a cartwheel in the middle of it, when he whispered, no matter what, just keep dancing. A wonderful memory since 1982! Very fond memories too, of the fun we had in the Village Hair Shoppe, when you were getting your hair done. You are in my prayers. Memories are a legacy of love. May the love & memories Don left with you, help soften the pain & grief you are going thru. God bless, Betty Jo Spindler
Betty Jo Spindler Sep 24 2019 12:00 AM