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Donald S. Harsh

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On January 24, 2016 @ 11:02 am In Obituaries | 17 Comments

Donald S. Harsh, 90, of Lancaster, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Lancaster General Hospital.  He was the loving husband of the late Myrtle Harsh who passed away in 2013.

Born in Lancaster, PA he was the son of the late Amos and Ruth Harsh.

After graduating from McCaskey High School, Donald went on to proudly serve in the U.S. Navy then spent much of his professional career with Armstrong World Industries.

In his spare time he enjoyed playing Bingo, as well as bowling for the Armstrong Bowling League and excelled at fast-pitch softball during his younger years. Don was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan. He enjoyed hearing stories about his Great Grandchildren success in sports and academics.

He was a long-time member and crew chief of ushers of First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by a son James D. Harsh of Jupiter, FL., 4 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and 16 great grandchildren.  In addition to his wife he was predeceased by a son, Donald M Harsh Sr.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Service at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602 on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM.  A viewing will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.  Interment to follow in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Condolences for the family of “Donald S. Harsh”

Condolence from Hilary Gumbel on January 24th, 2016 3:09 pm

Our deepest condolences to Donald’s family. We have the good fortune of knowing his son James. We know James shares many of the same qualities of loyalty, kindness, generosity and warmth that his dear father was known and loved for.
Sending our deepest sympathies. Hilary and Bryant Gumbel

Condolence from Doug Harsh on January 25th, 2016 8:42 pm

Thank you, yes they share the same qualities.
Doug & Lisa Harsh

Condolence from The Zehner Family on January 24th, 2016 3:35 pm

Our hearts are saddened by your family’s loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Tedda and Phil Henley on January 25th, 2016 10:42 am

We have been fortunate to come to know Donald’s son Jimmy over the last several years. Our thoughts are with him and his family.

Condolence from Jim & Maureen Herr on January 25th, 2016 12:10 pm

We know Don from sitting by him for years at the early service held at First United Methodist Church. What a wonderful man to know!

We talked often about sports, the Phillies, and, of course, you, his family. He always had a sparkle in his eyes and a smile.

He may have told you about his favorite dish. He just loved taking home Jim’s homemade chili.
Know that he was proud of each and every one of you and that he loved you dearly. We will miss him.

Condolence from Samantha Harsh on January 25th, 2016 2:00 pm

Thank you for the kind words. He loved his sports and family so much. Thanks for being apart of my pappy paps life

Condolence from Doug Harsh on January 25th, 2016 8:45 pm

He loved that chilli!

Condolence from John and Katherine Spear on January 25th, 2016 2:55 pm

We are saddened to learn of Don’s passing, but grateful to know that He is in the presence of the Lord.

We knew Don at First United Methodist Church where he was a cheerful and always helpful usher. He had a warm and welcoming smile. We enjoyed his company very much.

May your pleasant experiences with Don brighten all your memories.

Condolence from Carrie H. on January 25th, 2016 4:35 pm

As one of Donald’s caregivers at the end of his life I would just like to say that at 90 years old Donald could always make me laugh and keep a great conversation going with me while providing him care. He was a great patient to have. My prayers are with his family. We will miss you at Evergreen Don!

Condolence from Doug Harsh on January 25th, 2016 8:51 pm

We appreciate the wonderful care he received at evergreen.
Thank you

Condolence from Tim and Rose Strawser on January 26th, 2016 11:06 am

We were saddened to hear that Mr. Harsh passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Harsh were great next door neighbors for over 25 years. I will always remember the great conversations Mr. Harsh and I had out in the yard. And also getting to know some of his family, most recent years talking with Doug and Lisa and keeping updated.

Mr. Harsh will be missed by the Strawsers.

Our sympathy and Prayers.

Tim and (Rose) and Family

Condolence from Don and Diane Harsh on January 26th, 2016 3:51 pm

Thankyou for your kind words about pappy and thankyou for being such a wonderful neighbor to him

Condolence from Warren & Merry Phillips on January 27th, 2016 9:52 am

We are very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Not only was he a friend, he was also a relative. My grandmother, Ella Saylor, was a sister of Ruth Harsh. Each Sunday Don would pass our pew going up for Communion, and quietly hand us a bunch of dark chocolate “Hershey Kisses” – with a smile. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Our condolences to your family.

Condolence from James Harsh on January 27th, 2016 3:01 pm

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I remember Aunt Ella (my Nana’s sister). My dad and I took Nana every Sunday afternoon to visit Aunt Ella and then come back and get her later. I also remember them taking vacations at Ocean City .

Condolence from The Benjamin Family on January 27th, 2016 7:48 pm

We are so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. Although we never had the pleasure of meeting Don, we have overheard many Sunday afternoon conversations between Jimmy and his dad through the years. Anyone listening could tell the love that they shared for one another. Whether they were talking about something as pressing as an impending Eagles game or something as trivial as the weather, it was clear that so long as they heard each other’s voices they were happy.
Wishing you all peace and that same kind of happiness during this difficult time.

With love,
The Benjamin Family

Condolence from Barbara Eshleman on January 28th, 2016 8:39 am

I got to know Don from coming into Turkey Hill at my work on Millport and Lampeter Roads.He loved our chocolate milk!We all loved him! We missed him coming in .He was a delightful man who adored his wife.So sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Beth G on February 1st, 2016 5:28 pm

Jim, Doug and family:

It was my pleasure to care for Don in his last days. He always had a smile and that smile grew bigger when he spoke of you, his dear family. May you find joy in your memories of him!

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