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David B. Harshbarger

David B. Harshbarger, age 83, of Shelby, died late Sunday night, December 8, 2019 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Dave was born July 14, 1936 in Lakewood, Ohio, the son of the late Elmer E. and Eleanor E. (Bennett) Harshbarger. He was a 1953 graduate of Lakewood High School prior to continuing his education at Kent State University from where he earned a degree in business administration as an accounting major in 1957. Dave then served his country in a special program in the United States Army where he was active duty for 6 months and was an active reserve for the next five and a half years.

Dave’s career began after graduation with Republic Steel in Cleveland in an accountant training program and later moved to Shelby taking a job at Shelby Building and Loan Company where he was offered a job as a loan officer and vice president. He retired in 1999 from Mechanics Bank where he was serving as branch manager in Lexington. Dave’s involvement in organizations was exponential as he was a member of the Shelby Athletic Club (SAC) where he served as treasurer for over 40 years, Junior Achievement, Shelby Rotary Club, Shelby Home and Public Health Board of Directors, Shelby Y Board of Directors at its conception and building in the late 1970’s, Shelby Jaycees, and had been the bookkeeper for the First United Methodist Church in Shelby where he was a member.

Dave and his late wife, Nancy, were very social people and having family and friends near was regular. Together they enjoyed playing bridge with several groups and traveling anywhere with water and sand. They were fierce supporters of anything family and enjoyed supporting their children and grandchildren in all their activities.

Dave is survived by his daughters: Jill A. (Ray) Ryan of Cazenovia, NY and Julie (Ken) Swanger Ensman of Shelby; he was BooBoo to 4 grandchildren: Kayla (John) Roberts, Erica (Tyler) Fairchild, Connor Ryan, and Liam Ryan; 2 great grandchildren: Brooklyn and Quinn Roberts; 3 step grandchildren: Andrew (Sierra) Ensman, Chris (Amanda) Ensman, and Sarah (Donnie) Adkins; 7 step great grandchildren: Ayden, Savannah, Urijah, Riley, Mikey, Leah, and Carlin; sister-in-law: Cindy (Lynn) Wright; and his constant companion and granddog: Kayt. In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Nancy E. (Shoemaker) Harshbarger, on Christmas Day 2013; a son-in-law: John W. Swanger in 2008; and 2 sisters: Marilyn Wittebort and Virginia Ann Harshbarger.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10-11 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where a funeral service will immediately follow at 11 am. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail at the funeral home and burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby Y, Shelby Athletic Boosters, or Shelby Academic Boosters and left in care of the funeral home.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Susan Keiser says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy to the family of David B. Harshbarger…”Boo-Boo”
    May your memories bring you comfort..and the love of family and surround you.

  2. Ann Imhoff says:

    Julie and family
    So very very sorry for your loss. He is now with your Mother telling how wonderful you and Ken have been to him Dave was such a great guy and sweet and fun. Love to you all❤️

  3. Dana Pennell says:

    I always enjoyed bumping into Dave. Going way back,when he worked with my uncle George Richard’s at the Building and Loan,as well as my sister Sarah. Dave always had a smile. Prayers going out to the family.

  4. Mindy Utz says:

    Sending my deepest condolences.

  5. Beverly Johnston says:

    So sorry to see the passing of your dad. He was a really nice person and always so friendly!

  6. Mark and Holly Korbas says:

    Sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a nice gentleman, always kind and caring! Father’s always hold a special place in their daughter’s hearts! We will keep him and you in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Keith Rittenhouse says:

    On behalf of the Rittenhouse family, we send our most sincere thoughts of sympathy and love. Boo-boo was more than just a beloved friend, father, grandfather, & great-grandfather to so many. His compassion, kindness, and sincerity made him so much to so many others. We were blessed to have the opportunity to call this gentleman our friend. Much love and sympathy for the family, we know there will be many shared memories of joy and love.
    The Rittenhouse Family

  8. Kendra Mahon says:

    So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. These times in life are so sad and hurtful. He has now joined your beautiful mother and all of our other loved ones, How lucky he is. Hugs and Prayers my friend for you and family.

  9. Carol Bryson says:

    Julie and family
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May your fond memories help ease the pain of your loss.
    Jack and Carol Bryson



  11. Robert & Laura Chagat says:

    What a fine gentleman and friend. Our love and sympathies to all the family, especially Julie. He will me missed by so many. Rest in peace to rise in glory.

  12. Cindy & Deb says:

    My favorite uncle- so glad I got to spend quality time with him in October. He, Aunt Nancy, Marilyn and Sonny are rocking it up yonder. I will miss him dearly.

  13. David Martinez says:

    Julie and family we are so sorry for your loss. you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Linda Wills says:

    I am so sorry for your loss and send my prayers to you and all of the family.

  15. Viki & Bob Deruy says:

    So sorry for your loss. Your Dad will be spending Christmas with your Mom and looking over all of you. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  16. Sue & Al Vogel says:

    Julie & Family, I am sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a great guy and
    always with a smile. Please know that you are in our prayers.

  17. Dave & Lois Steele says:

    We have such fond & funny memories of your dad, a neighborhood friend, a caring and giving man. Dads take care of things, hold us when we hurt, celebrate our joys, share time….until they can no longer. May you find comfort in knowing his full life blessed so many, & left stories to share for years to come! Enjoy the memories with love.

  18. Julie A Bashore says:

    Julie and Family, So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you today and in the days to follow. May Your Dad rest in peace.

  19. Dennis & Linda Brock and family says:

    Ken & Julie, sending our sincere condolences to you and the rest of the family during this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  20. Ann Imhoff says:

    Julie wish I could be with you tomorrow but you understand my problem. However, you all will be in my thoughts and Prayers.

  21. Karen Wagoner says:

    Julie and Family
    So sorry for your loss.
    Prayers to you and your family.

  22. Len & Rosemary Reidel says:

    Julie and Family
    So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  23. Sally Fridley says:

    My deepest sympathy to Julie and her family at the passing of her Dad. Please know you are being lifted in pray of comfort and peace. I believe he is now with your Mom and with you in a different form..your hearts.

  24. Julie and Dave Noggle says:

    Jill and Julie,

    We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We hope for much comfort and peace in the coming days for all of you.

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