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Bret Harmeling

August 16, 1987 — January 31, 2024

          Bret Anthony Harmeling, age 36, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away on January 31, 2024. He was born in Cincinnati on August 16, 1987. He was a beacon of kindness and generosity throughout his life. He treasured his friendships and was known for his selflessness. Bret's gentle nature and willingness to aid those in need marked the essence of his character.

          Bret is survived by his cherished wife of seven years, Sarah Anne Harmeling, his mother Barbara Maxine Young, his father Steven Anthony Harmeling, his brothers Kyle Steven (Laura) Harmeling and Stefon Ditavius Harmeling, as well as his grandmother Maxine Young. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Ray and Joan Harmeling, grandfather Don Young, and uncle Mike Harmeling. A host of close family including aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, friends, and coworkers mourn his departure yet celebrate the time they were privileged to share with him.

          Bret attended Elder High School and graduated in 2005. He then pursued higher education at the University of Cincinnati, Carl H. Lindner College of Business, where he earned a BBA in Accounting in 2009.

          After departing UC, Bret took a position with Cincinnati Milacron where he formed lifelong bonds with his co-workers through their global travels and the weekly golf league. As his career progressed, Bret began his journey to become a OneStream Financial System expert and loved being able to help problem-solve for various companies throughout his career. 

          Bret found joy in the camaraderie of golf, the serenity of the beach, and the company of his family and numerous friends.  A seasoned traveler, he roamed the globe with his beloved wife Sarah, forging memories in countless places they cherished together.  He was able to visit 20 countries and over 24 states. His home was made warmer by the presence of their adored Siberian cat, Mischief, with whom he had a special bond as the designated “cat dad”. He was a lover of all sports and enjoyed watching old clips of the GOAT Michael Jordan. Bret truly loved all things tech and gadgets, which manifested in his love of cars. He treasured his many BMWs over the years, which earned him the affectionate nickname "Mr. BMW".  He loved underdog stories and held a special place in his heart for the Rocky franchise and soundtracks, which inspired the naming of his childhood dog, Rocky. His allegiance to his alma mater, the Bearcats, was unwavering, as he was a steadfast presence at their football and basketball games. Bret's culinary preferences were incomplete without spicy food or regularly indulging in Skyline Chili, but only with the right mix of extreme cheese. He will be deeply missed by all in his life but those who knew him all feel fortunate to have gotten to share the short time together. 

         The family will receive friends and loved ones during a visitation on Saturday, February 10, from 1-4 pm at Hodapp Funeral Home, located at 6410 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., Liberty Township, OH 45044.

          Bret’s love of animals, cats in particular, was unwavering so in place of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorials in Bret's name be directed to the Ohio Alleycat Resource (OAR) & Spay/Neuter Clinic, located at 5619 Orlando PL, Cincinnati, OH, 45227, or through their website at or another local animal shelter. 

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Hodapp Funeral Homes - Liberty Township

6410 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., Liberty Township, OH 45044

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