Harald passed away November 28th at home, very peacefully, holding hands with his wife. Harald was born on August 2nd, 1956 in Selb, Bavaria, Germany.
He inherited his passion for motorcycles and tooling from his dad, and he was riding his first motorbike at the tender age of 5. He married the love of his life in 1981, when he was 22. Petra shared his passion of motorcycles and the two hit the road on their bikes in their free time. In his 20’s and 30’s, he competed in motorbike racing on the weekends and he at one time owned 12 motorcycles and a sidecar, while he enjoyed doing all the repairs and maintenance himself. The two also shared their love for foreign countries and traveled on their Honda motorcycles through Italy, Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Corsica and Spain. In 1995, he used his tooling skills and artistry when he purchased and restored a historic 1890s farmhouse in Graefenberg, Germany and settled in with his wife Petra and two children, Henry and Cindy-Lou. Life sometimes takes unexpected turns and on September 1st, 1999, Harald left Germany and moved his family to Austin, Texas. Harald mastered all the new challenges that came with immigrating into a new country with his wisdom, work experience, foresight, patience, hard work and dedication to his family. He successfully established a secure life for his family in the beautiful town of Fredericksburg, Texas, then Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and now Baytown, Texas. His biggest and most treasured personal achievement was receiving the U.S. Patent in May 2017 for the lapping tool he created. He will always be remembered by his family for his endless, dedicated love and pride in them, his genius mind, as the best provider and protector, for his unique humor and as the “walking history book”. Harald is survived by his wife of 36 years, Petra, his son and daughter-in-law Henry & Tiffany Breitkopf, his daughter and son-in-law Cindy-Lou & David Morgan, his mother Anita Breitkopf, his sister and brother-in-law Marlis & Dan Dozier, and his nephew Frank Wiley with wife Christine & daughter Amy. Our heartfelt thanks go to our longtime faithful friends Wilfried & Doris Heuer who always believed in Harald’s healing and were there for us day and night in this most difficult time in our lives. Thank you to our awesome, supportive Siemens family in Deer Park, especially Mr. Doug Hoffmann and his sweet wife Joan; Harald’s neurologist Dr. Kimberly Monday and her front desk supervisor Melissa of Houston Neurological Institute, who both went above and beyond for him; his two utmost determined speech pathologists Jenny and Gina from CHI St. Luke’s Patients Medical Center in Pasadena; the unbelievably loving, professional care of his nurses Kayla, Syritta and Sue and his caring social worker Reagan from A-Med Hospice. And thank you to our sweet neighbor Robert Parks, who visited him almost daily, showed him so much respect and patience and kept his dreams alive. “Thank you” will never be enough for y’all. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Deer Park Funeral Directors, 336 E. San Augustine, Deer Park, Texas 77536, 281-476-4693.