NEWTON FALLS - ''It is with much sorrow that we have to tell you about the passing of Bruce Thomas Knodel, 76, on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at his home.
''If you knew Dad, you knew what kind of man he was. For the rest of you, I won't bore you with a lengthy list of accolades. Most important, Dad was a good husband, father and grandfather.''
He was born June 2, 1936, in Warren, the son of the late Clarence Adelbert and Grace Nolty Knodel.
Bruce married the love of his life, Valerie Quinn Langston, on Aug. 31, 1957, and they enjoyed 54 blessed years of marriage together.
He was an electrician for Packard Electric for 15 years and was also a sergeant for Braceville Police Department for 18 years.
Bruce was a member of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.
He was a proud member of the Leavittsburg Church of God, a life member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the American Association of Forensic Photographers. He was also a scout master for Boy Scouts Troop 78 out of the St. Joseph's Church for more than 15 years, as well as a member of the Order of the Arrow.
Bruce was a member of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio, a founding member of the Newton Falls Sportsman Club and past president of the Trumbull County Federation of Sportsman.
Memories of Bruce will be carried on by his loving family, his wife, Valerie Knodel of Newton Falls; a son and his wife, Pete (Sahar) Knodel of Braceville; a grandson, Sam Knodel; a granddaughter and her husband, Jeigh (Ross) Maynard; two great-granddaughters, Alexendria and Addison Knodel; and his great-grandson, Aiden Knodel.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Henrietta Sheller and Marcella Knodel.
''Dad, we are all going to miss you and we love you. Tell every one we miss them and love them also. We love you Dad, and give Sassy a bone for me.''
Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where calling hours will be held two hours prior to services. The Rev. Fred Bell will be officiating. Cremation will follow.
In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made in Bruce's Memory to Trumbull County Federation of Sportman, 342 Argyle St., Youngstown,OH 44512.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444, 330-872-5440. Family and friends may view this obituary online or to send condolences, visit www.jamesfuneral-homeinc.com.
The family includes this quote: "From my cold, dead hands."