W. Harley Funk
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AGE: 88 •
W. Harley Funk, retired architect, aged 88, died after a brief illness in Oxford, PA on December 18, 2013.
He is survived by his Wilmington High School sweetheart and wife of 68 years, Orrel Mae "Petey" Funk.
He is also survived by his daughter Allison Funk of Edwardsville IL, son David H. Funk of New London, PA, son Jeffrey C. Funk of Bigfork MT, 6 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers; F. James Funk, Jr. MD, of Atlanta GA, and David C. Funk, MD, of Iowa City, IO.
Mr. Funk, of Oxford PA, formerly of Wilmington DE, was a native of Wilmington. He was a 1943 graduate of Wilmington High School. In 1943 he entered the U.S, Army, serving in the armored infantry in France and Germany. After the war he received an AB and MFA in architecture from Princeton University.
He entered architectural practice in Wilmington in 1957. At the time of his retirement in 1990 he was a principal in the firm of Anderson, Brown, Higley and Funk. He was former president of the Delaware Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and of the State Board of Architects.
After retirement he taught architectural history for ten years at the University of
Delaware's Academy of Lifelong Learning in Wilmington. In addition to travel in this country and abroad, he was interested in photography, drawing, sculpture, classical music and public affairs.
A memorial service will be held on January 18 at 4 P.M in the Hunsford Room at Ware Presbyterian Village. Instead of flowers the family suggests contributions to Ware Presbyterian Village, Attn. The Village Care Fund, 7 E. Locust St., Oxford PA, 19363, phone 800-382-1385.
Published in The News Journal on Dec. 24, 2013