Ernest Elroy Shirk

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Ernest Elroy "Ernie" Shirk, 87, of Selinsgrove, formerly of Mount Pleasant Mills, died peacefully on May 10, 2019, at Brookdale Grayson View Community for Senior Living.
Born near Richfield on Feb. 29, 1932, Ernie was the second son of the late Norman and Irene (Hubbert) Shirk. He was married for almost 67 years to June E. Shadel, who survives.

In addition to his wife, June (Shadel) Shirk, he is survived by two sons, Darryl (Ellen Stuck) and David (Susan Myers); his two grandsons, Chad (Emily Lechner) and Nathan (Kristi Maggs); and four great-grandchildren, Cole, Mia, Lila, and Hunter.

Ernie was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Norman Elwood Shirk.

A graduate of Freeburg High School, Ernie served in the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1954 having been promoted from private to corporal.
Ernie worked for many years as a carpenter and built the home outside of Mount Pleasant Mills that he and June shared until 2018. For over two decades, he worked for Empire Kosher Poultry before retiring in the mid-1980s. He suffered a catastrophic house fire and heart attack at that time and remained forever grateful for the way the community rallied to help him and June. In retirement, he stayed active with woodworking projects in the community. His sons and grandsons often relied on his advice and expertise on home improvement projects.
He was a faithful member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, volunteering his time and talents to the church community.
In his spare time, he enjoyed bird watching, working in his shop, tending his yard, sitting with June on the swing that he built, and watching all kinds of sports. He remained a lifelong, loyal fan of the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers and the Penn State Nittany Lions. He especially enjoyed going to wrestling matches of his grandsons, Chad and Nathan. He was proud of his two sons, Darryl and David, and enjoyed spending time with them. He often spoke with love and gratitude for the help and support he received from his daughters-in-law, Ellen and Susan. Most recently, he especially enjoyed visits from Chad and Emily and their children, Cole and Mia, and from Nathan and Kristi and their children, Lila and Hunter.

Ernie's last act of giving was to donate his body to the Humanity Gifts Registry.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Mount Pleasant Mills, to the Arbor Day Foundation https://www.arborday.org/, or to the veterans' organization of your choice.

Arrangements are by the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg.
Published on May 12, 2019
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Chris and Heidi Bingaman
May 15, 2019
Dear David, Susan, Darryl and Ellen,

We were so saddened to hear of your father's passing. When I was visiting my Aunt Shelly at Grayson View, your dad was at our table in the dining room. I had a lovely conversation with him talking about you all and life in Snyder County.

It is just hard to lose a parent. I lost my mother 2 1/2 years ago right before Christmas. But our eternal hope gives us great comfort. The older I get, the more I am thankful for God's provision for this life and for our eternal life.
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So Chris and I send our sympathies to you all. May He give you grace and wisdom as you move forward.

Love,

Heidi and Chris
Vanessa Howell Burkett
May 13, 2019
My sympathy & prayers are with you. May the Lord grant you comfort at this time.
Patty Lightner
May 12, 2019
I worked with Ernie at Empire Kosher, and bumped into him periodically after that. The last time I saw him was fairly recently at Walmart. He was a kind and sweet man, and I was saddened to see his obituary. I always thought of him during February in leap years since he was born February 29! Rest In Peace, Ernie.