Obituary for Walter H. Shirk
Walter H. Shirk, 97, entered into rest at Landis Homes on Sunday, November 12, 2017.
He was married 28 years to Lorraine Boll Shirk. His first wife, the late Martha Hassel Eisenberger whom he married in 1941, died in 1987. Born in Gap, he was the son of the late Peter N. and Joanna Hoover Shirk.
Walter was a graduate of the New Holland School and had served in the Civilian Public Service for 3 ½ years. He was a member of the Hershey Mennonite Church.
Walter was an electrician, joining the family business, Shirk Electric in New Holland, where he eventually became a partner. In 1973, God called him to Elmira, NY to assist in flood clean-up from Hurricane Agnes. In later years he served in the Maintenance Department of the Welsh Mountain Home.
From childhood Walter was proficient in art and has numbers of pencil drawing made as a young boy. In later years he enjoyed working mostly with acrylics. He enjoyed studying genealogies, compiling records on both his own (Shirk) genealogy and his wife’s (Eisenberger) genealogy. In the past ten years he developed a passion for finding, photographing and writing historical information on Lime Kilns in Eastern PA and actually published a book, “Echoes From The Past”, which depicted his findings.
Walter enjoyed travel and volunteering. He spent many hours volunteering at the Welsh Mountain Home and at Landis Homes where he assisted residents getting to their appointments.
Surviving besides his wife are two children, Ida wife of Dale Weaver, and Harold husband of Clarice Smith Shirk; seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren; and siblings, Evelyn Longenecker, Warren husband of Sally Shirk and Paul husband of Fay Shirk. In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by a sister Anna Shirk and by brothers, Raymond, Allen, Frank, Ernest, James “Bud” and Jay Shirk.
A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA with Pastors Richard Buckwalter, James Leaman and Joe Lab officiating. Friends may call at the West Bethany Chapel on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and on Monday from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment in Carpenter’s Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Caring Fund at Landis Homes, or to Hospice and Community Care.