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M. Duffield Harsh

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On November 25, 2019 @ 2:16 pm In Obituaries | 7 Comments

M. Duffield Harsh, 94, a resident of Brethren Village, entered into rest November 22, 2019. He was the husband of Margaret J. Harsh, with whom he celebrated 62 years of marriage in June. Born in Ronks, PA, he was the son of the late C. Maurice Harsh and Anna Bower Harsh.

Mr. Harsh was employed for 43 years at the former RCA plant in Lancaster in various engineering and supervisory positions. During this time he was the author of several technical papers and obtained several patents. When RCA discontinued operations in 1987, he continued as a senior applications engineer on the marketing staff of BURLE Industries, retiring in 1992.

He was a graduate of East Lampeter Township High School and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel Institute of Technology.

During World War II, Mr. Harsh was an infantry soldier in the U.S. Army. On Thanksgiving Day, 1944, his unit was cut off by a German Panzer attack and he was taken prisoner. He subsequently spent six months in a prisoner of war camp in Czechoslovakia.

He was a 61-year member of the First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster and served as a Deacon and Ruling Elder. For many years he sang in the chancel choir.

During retirement he pursued his interests in genealogy and local history. As a volunteer at the Lancaster County Historical Society he assisted the staff in a number of research projects relating to maps, house history, and local one-room schools. He also spent some time as a docent for the Heritage Museum and as a driver for Meals on Wheels of Lancaster.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Constance D. of Hamilton, NY; a son, Edward D., husband of Margaret Kampmeier of New York City; and one grandchild, Andrew D. Harsh.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the First Presbyterian Church, 140 East Orange St., Lancaster, PA on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM. The family will greet friends following the service. Private interment will be in Old Leacock Presbyterian Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the First Presbyterian Church at 140 East Orange Street, Lancaster, PA.

Condolences for the family of “M. Duffield Harsh”

Condolence from Ken Husler on November 26th, 2019 12:17 pm

Please accept our sincere condolences on Duff’s passing. We came to know him as the consummate gentleman, professional, husband, and father.
Very Respectfully, Ken & Linda Husler

Condolence from Ken Husler on November 26th, 2019 12:19 pm

Please accept our sincere condolences on Duff’s passing. We came to know him as the consummate gentleman, professional, husband, and father.
Very Respectfully, Ken & Linda Husler

Condolence from Bob Holton on November 26th, 2019 4:18 pm

Worked with Duff a few years at Burle all in can say what a nice guy.

Condolence from Phil Risser on November 26th, 2019 10:25 pm

Connie, my condolences on the passing of your father.

Condolence from Amy Asch on November 27th, 2019 2:33 pm

My condolences to Mrs. Harsh, Ed, Connie, Peggy and Andrew. Over the years, I always enjoyed hearing about “Grandfather.” He was deeply loved.

Condolence from Michael Rudisill on November 27th, 2019 3:16 pm

Peg and Family,

Very sorry to read of Duff’s passing. It was my pleasure getting to know Duff and yourself as neighbors on Delp. I always enjoyed talking about “history” with Duff. Often wondered what happened to all those old magazines he had bundled in the basement when you downsized. The Old Leaccock Cemetery is a beautiful resting place. Thoughts are with you all through the upcoming holiday season.

Mike Rudisill

Condolence from Marty Herr on November 28th, 2019 1:13 am

Dear Peggy and Family,

We so enjoyed our time in the choir with you at First Pres., and then after moving to Oregon, we enjoyed seeing you still singing. when we’d be back to visit. We want to extend our sympathy on the loss of Duffy. So very hard to lose a husband and father. You and Duffy were pillars of the church and so warm and open-hearted. We remember both of you with great fondness.

We pray that your faith, great memories, and the love of family and friends will give you comfort and strength in the days ahead. One of my favorite quotations is:

Death is not extinguishing the light ,
it is putting out the lamp
because the dawn has come.
—Rabindranath Tagore

I like to think of those who have gone before us in that new Dawn.

We will hold you in our hearts and prayers,
Marty & Don

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