The Rev. Harold Lee Harsh bid farewell to this world Monday, May 20, 2013, at his home in Buckhannon. He returned to the grace and favor of the Lord, his savior. He was 71.
Mr. Harsh was born June 15, 1941, at Parsons, to Elmer "Smokey" and Kathleen Dawson Harsh.
He graduated from Belington High in 1959 and attended Potomac State College. He enlisted in the Army in 1960 and was one of the first 10,000 troops to be deployed to Vietnam by President John F. Kennedy. He was medically discharged in 1970.
Upon discharge, Mr. Harsh worked in Laborer's Union 984 as a steward on multiple projects including the Sutton Dam and the Bridgeport Post Office Hub. Mr. Harsh was also well-known at flea markets and auctions. He was a memorable character and friend to many.
Mr. Harsh is survived by brother, Ron Harsh and wife, Sharon, of Belington; sister, Mary Stark and husband, Tom, of Parkersburg; brother, David Harsh of Beckley; and brother, Tim Harsh and wife, Paula, of Dry Fork; daughter Kathleen Harsh of Great Mills, Md.; son, Maurice Harsh and wife, Kelly, of Chambersburg, Pa.; son, Douglas Harsh and wife, Sharon, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; son, Jeremy Harsh and companion, Susan Marshall, of Buckhannon; grandchildren Brittany Taylor and Marissa Harsh of Chambersburg, Pa., and Haley, Grace and Jacob Harsh of Pittsburgh, Pa.; great-grandchild, Aiden Taylor of Chambersburg, Pa.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Harsh was preceded in death by both parents and brother, Robert Harsh.
Friends will be received at Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut St. in Philippi Thursday May 23, from noon to 2 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. with Pastor Frank Shreve officiating. Interment will follow in Concord Cemetery with military honors being accorded.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com.