Charles Shirk

Charles M. Shirk

Wednesday, April 15th, 1925 - Thursday, November 21st, 2019
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Charles M. Shirk, 94, formerly of Terre Hill, died Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital. His wife of 19 years, Pearl (Hartranft) Shirk, survives. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 54 years, Mildred L. (Hahn) Shirk in 1998.

Born in Earl Twp., he was the son of the late Harry J. and Frances (Wenger) Shirk.

He was the owner of Charles M. Shirk Trucking, Inc. until 2006, a business his father started in 1935.

Charlie was a member of Trinity E. C. Church, Terre Hill, the Howell Lodge #405, F. & A. M., Honey Brook, the Rajah Shrine clowning division, and the Dead-Eye Hunting Camp. He formerly served on the Terre Hill Borough Council and as fire chief of the Terre Hill Fire Company.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five daughters: Ann Louise married to Harold “Bud” Kohl, Ephrata, Brenda married to Ronald Weaver, Ephrata, Beth married to John Brunozzi, Leola, Charlene married to Gene Nolt, New Holland, Mary Alice married to Jerry Sensenig, Terre Hill, two step-children, Jeff married to Sara Shirk, Akron and Linda married to Donald Simmons, Denver, 11 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Dorothy married to Andrew Martin, LaReta Sandoe and Miriam married to Larry Brendle.

He was preceded in by a grandson Chipper Zimmerman, and seven siblings: Luke Shirk, Carroll Shirk, Pearl Martin, Alberta Gehman, Helen Good, Beulah Shirk and Willis Shirk.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Trinity E. C. Church, 110 E. Main St., Terre Hill with Pastor Neal Martin officiating. Interment will be in Terre Hill Cemetery. A viewing will be held on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, 209 E. Man St., Terre Hill and at the church on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. A Masonic service will be held at Eckenroth’s on Monday at 8 p.m. Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorials may be sent to Hospice & Community Care, P. O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or Trinity E. C. Church, P. O. Box 247, Terre Hill, PA 17581. Online condolences may be posted at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 25th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, November 25th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Eckenroth Home for Funerals
    209 E. Main St.
    TERRE HILL, PA 17581
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Trinity E. C. Church
    110 E. Main St.
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 11:00am
    Trinity E. C. Church
    110 E. Main St.
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  • Interment

    Terre Hill Cemetery
    105 W. Main St.
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Sandra F Youndt Styer

Posted at 07:50am
Fond memories of a pillar of our community, especially in Terre Hill and surrounding area. I was so glad to see Charlie at the New Holland Farm Show being pushed in his wheelchair along Main Street pausing for the Garden Spot Lions and Blue Ball Area Lioness Clubs to talk with him and wish him a good day enjoying a day on the town. Our sympathies to the entire family and friends of our beacon on the hill. His light continues with each of his wonderful family and the newest 2 week old littlest addition of a new little baby.
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Maryann Good

Posted at 06:40am
Our Deepest Sympathy, to all the Shirk Family . Charlie, was a wonderful man, and will be greatly missed. He is with his Lord & Savior now, with no more pain. Someday we'll all meet again. With love & friendship, MaryAnn & David (Skip ) Good

Dennis Spencer

Posted at 01:10pm
My sincere sympathies to the entire Shirk family and friends. I enjoyed our many conversations over the many years I have known him. RIP Charlie

Rodney Cammauf

Posted at 10:42am
My condolences to the whole family. I have many fond memories of Uncle Charlie.

Rodney Cammauf

William Beck Posted at 09:23pm

My condolences to the family of this fine gentleman. Charles Melvin is probably one of the single greatest men I have ever had the honor to walk this earth with. He was a mentor to many. He was a credit to the trucking industry, and a pillar in the community. He had a unique ability to be charitable to those in need, without loss of dignity or pride; he gave hope. That said, and on the lighter side; I hope that they have Pinochle cards in Heaven!

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