Richard L ‘Dick’ Harshman
Richard L ‘Dick’ Harshman
Dec. 31, 1927-May 18, 2013
LEBANON — Richard L Harshman, 85, of Lebanon passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Signature Healthcare at Parkwood in Lebanon of natural causes.
Richard L “Dick” Harshman, was born in Clinton County on Dec. 31, 1927, the son of the late Carl Burton and Beatrice Irene (Berkey) Harshman.
Reared and educated in Thorntown, he graduated from Thorntown High School in 1945. He later attended Indianapolis Central Business College. In September of 1945, Dick joined the Merchant Marines serving until 1946. He then enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1947.
He was first married to JoAnne (Berauer) Harshman and they divorced after 16 years. He later married Peggy (Webb) Massingale. After 40 years of marriage Mrs. Harshman passed away in 2005.
Dick was a Prudential Insurance Agent on the east side of Indianapolis for 30 years. He retired in 1983 and then became a licensed real estate broker, serving in that capacity for several years.
A dedicated father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he loved spending time with his family and friends. Dick was very active in the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International for more than 20 years. It was the largest group of Christian Business Men in the world. He attained life membership with the title of International Director. Their goal was to bring in speakers with all kinds of background to share their testimony on how and when they received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. He mused the fact that he was witness to all kinds of situations and problems such as addressing 7,500 people in Cobo Hall, sun glasses were required, he could see only 8 to 10 rows back and was told later that the temperature was 110 degrees. Dick was always amazed of how and why the Lord used him. He capitalized on growing up in Thorntown, his “8th grade education”, and his dad playing the piano every evening. God is good! Dick had a passion for writing and he authored a series of newspaper articles entitled “Whatever Happened To…”, focusing on Lebanon acquaintances that he believed had made contributions to their community.
He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church — Lebanon; American Legion — Thorntown; and former member of the Lebanon Rotary Club.
Funeral services will be held at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., in Lebanon, on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 2:30 p.m., with Rev. Jim Ramsey and Rev. Marcy Patrick, officiating.
Visitation is planned for Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from noon to 2:30 p.m., at the funeral home in Lebanon.
Interment with military rites will follow at the Maple Lawn Cemetery in Thorntown.
He is survived by four children, Richard L “Rick” Harshman, II – Indianapolis, Dirk B. Harshman – Indianapolis, Jana S. Benson – Carolina Beach, N.C., J Lance Harshman – Rockville; stepson, Steven Wright – Indianapolis; a dear cousin, Wanda Clark – Warsaw; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and long-time friend, Lois Buntin – Lebanon.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Dick was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Kathy Seecof and a son-in-law, Joseph Benson.
Memorials may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 910 Fordice Road, Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at myersmortuary.com