Harley Fred Skirvin, 87, of Bloomington, was born Feb. 23, 1922 at the Skirvin Farm to Fred and Corda (Young) Skirvin and entered his eternal life in heaven with Jesus on June 29, 2009.
Harley graduated from Unionville High School in 1939 and worked for REMC, Coca Cola, and Sarkes Tarzian. In 1961 the Lord called Harley to the ministry and the family moved to Pineville, Ky. where he and Rosemary attended Clear Creek Bible College. Graduating in 1964, his first church was Silver Leaf Baptist Church in Rose Hill, Virginia. Harley and his family returned to Indiana in 1965. During his pastoral years he served at Stanford Baptist Church (Stanford), Unity Baptist Church (Spearsville), Lebanon Baptist Church (Midland), and Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (Bloomington). Harley did volunteer work at Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis and Backstreet Mission in Bloomington. He also worked for MCCSC and the Monroe County Public Library.
Harley loved reading his bible and non-fiction history, working in the garden and yard, writing poetry, and giving a helping hand to others. Most of all, he loved being with family, sitting back listening to conversation and the sound of grandchildren's laughter.
He grew up in the Little Union Baptist Church family and was a member there. He saw the world as a mission field and rarely failed to take the opportunity to speak about his precious Lord. One-on-one witnessing was a special delight for him, whether on the street corner, at the grocery store, or visiting in a home in the community. Asked recently if there was anything he wished he would have done differently, he replied "I wish I would have been a better witness 20 years earlier." He and Rosemary ministered to the physical and spiritual concerns of many community and church members.
Harley is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Rosemary (Lincicome), one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Debra of Solsberry; three daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Joel McCoy of Unionville, Joyce and Brent Hawkins of Jasonville, and Mary Beth and Rick Jerrells of Linton. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Joshua (Lisa) McCoy, Tyler McCoy, Natalie (Charles) Hughbanks, Zachary McCoy, Noah (Nichole) Hawkins, Corey (Zackary) Harrison, Chelsea Hawkins, Luke Jerrells, and Levi Jerrells; four great-grandchildren, Jordan, Caleb, and Caden McCoy and Cambry Hawkins; a brother, Ralph Skirvin of Plainfield; sister, Erma Polley of Unionville, and many nieces and nephews. His surviving inlaws include Gene and Bea Lincicome, Don and Norma McClary, and Carolyn Lincicome.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Alma Chafin, and brothers, Tom Skirvin and Jim Skirvin.
The funeral service will be at Little Union Baptist Church at 11 a.m. on Friday 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ermon French, long-time friend and classmate from Clear Creek Bible College, and Pastor Frank Helton officiating. Burial will follow at Little Union Cemetery.
Visitation is Thursday, July 2, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. at The Funeral Chapel of Powell, Deckard and Costin, 3000 E. Third St. in Bloomington and on Friday morning at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons, Hospice, or the Benton Township Fire Department.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.pdcfuneralchapel.com.