Melvin Harkins

Melvin Harkins

Friday, January 6th, 1922 Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

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Obituary for Melvin B. Harkins

Melvin B. Harkins, 98, of Garden Spot Village, New Holland, PA, passed away on May 13, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Renard Harkins, with whom he shared 76 years of marriage. Mel was born in Landenberg, PA, the son of George R. Harkins and Hazel Weaver Harkins. Mel is survived by his daughter, Linda (William) Heineman of Cincinnati, OH; 2 grandsons, David Heineman of Costa Mesa, CA and John (Amanda) Heineman of Irvine, CA; and great granddaughter, Emma, of Irvine.
Before moving to Garden Spot Village in 1998, Mel was a longtime resident of Avondale, PA, where he was very active in community affairs. The Boy Scouts of America, the Avondale Borough Council and the Avon Grove School District were all recipients of Mel’s time and energy. A veteran of World War II, Mel spent his entire professional career as an Engineer with the DuPont Company.
The family would like to express their deepest thanks to the staff of Springwood Unit at Garden Spot Village for the compassionate care that was given Mel during his stay. The care and support given by Hospice is also greatly appreciated.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mel’s name to Garden Spot Village (memo line: Woodshop Renovation and Expansion Project), 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, PA 17557, or to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.
Burial will be private. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be posted at

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    Rt. 82 and Cemetery Lane
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Beverly Thomes

Condolences to the family of Mel Harkins. I worked with him at Louviers for 9 years and sat in a cubicle just 3 offices away. He was always such a gentleman and had a great sense of humor. He also had great stories for the younger recruits like me.
Comment | Posted at 06:28pm via Condolence

K Kilmer

Russ and I were sorry to hear of the death of our friend Mel. We stayed in touch for several years and visited a few times with he and Dorothy. My favorite memory is one that includes our now thirty four year of daughter. She was about ten and we were dropping off Girl Scout cookies at their Avondale home. One of her neighbor friends had ridden along. Before they got out of the car Caitlin turned to him and said "Now he'going to tell you I'm his girl friend but don't believe him. We have had many laughs sharing that story over the years and will remember Dot and Mel with affection.
Kathy Kilmer
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