Warren L. 'Jib' Harshbarger, age 94, of rural Crawfordsville, died peacefully surrounded by his family, 4 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 in Franciscan St. Elizabeth Hospital Crawfordsville. He was born in Montgomery County, Dec. 10, 1918 son of the late Grover and Desi Marie Cope Harshbarger. He was happily married to Doris Jane Montgomery on Sept. 21, 1940 and she preceded him in death after 42 years of marriage.
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Jib attended grade school at Breaks School and graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1938. Following his graduation from high school, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during WWII and was in the European Theater, shortly after D-Day and until after VE Day. Following his discharge, in the fall of 1945 he began farming with his father and brother Richard and continued farming until his retirement.
Being a man of the land, following his retirement, he was active and enjoyed gardening. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 604 in New Richmond and enjoyed attending Army reunions. His greatest pleasure was his children and grandchildren. Jib was a very nurturing and relational man.
At the age of six months he was baptized at the Liberty Chapel Church and remained an active member of the church until his death. Warren and Doris actively participated socially throughout their life together with several neighborhood friends from Liberty Chapel Church. They shared celebrating birthdays, ice cream socials, sharing meals, playing cards and just genuinely enjoying their many friendships. Warren and Doris took many vacations with friends and relatives in the U.S. and visited their son and his family while they were living in England and Paris. Following Doris' death in 1983 Warren continued to visit and dine out with many friends, including his dear friend Lillian Davidson. Most recently he enjoyed going to the Highway 341 Opry in Wallace, IN. Family and friends were a very important part of Warren's life.
Surviving are; two daughters, Sandra (Dale) Hockersmith of Crawfordsville and Diane (Gary) Allen of Fort Wayne, a son David (Vickie) Harshbarger of Houston, Texas and brother, Richard (Judy) Harshbarger of Crawfordsville. Nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Funeral services were held at Family and Friends Funeral Home of Wingate on Oct. 8 with Pastor Jim Spencer officiating. Burial followed in Waynetown Masonic Cemetery, with military rites by American Legion Post 72 and Bowman VFW Post of Crawfordsville.
Memorials may best be directed to Liberty Chapel Church.
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Published in Review Republican from Oct. 11 to Nov. 10, 2013