Harry L Scribner
Harry L. Scribner, 73, passed away Friday, Nov. 15, at his residence in Goshen. He had been in declining heath for some time.
He was born Feb. 8, 1946 in Patterson, New Jersey, to Walter Kenneth and Elsie Mae Robbins Scribner.
On September 20, 2003, Harry married Carol Swartzentruber, Goshen, Indiana. She survives.
In addition, he is survived by two sons, Tony Duke, Fort Wayne and Nick (Criselda) Scribner, Katy, Texas; one daughter, Angela Watts, Goshen; and nine grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his surrogate parents, Uncle Winifred Roelke and Aunt Marie Olson; surrogate brother, Frank Euchre; biological sister, Fran Lutz; and biological brother, Walter Sanders.
Harry served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a combat engineer from 1966 to 1970.
Due to early family struggles in New Jersey, Harry learned the ways of the streets as a young boy. Scrapes with the law brought him into the custody of Hopetown Christian Residential School, New York State and a pastor named Uncle Win. Uncle Win's faith and dedication to troubled youth and children with disabilities became a lifelong model for Harry's similar passions.
Harry was a natural networker, seeing treasure where others saw trash, connecting resources to needs and loving the art of the deal, especially when people other than himself were benefited. Harry was very community oriented and enjoyed his work as Property Maintenance Manager at LaCasa, Goshen, from which he retired in 2008.
Fishing and his Farmall Cub were some of his greatest loves.
There were many highlights in Harry's life. In 2000, Harry was given a gift by Belmont Mennonite Church to spend two weeks in Israel, working on Nazareth Village. More recently, Harry was invited to go with Honor Flight Northeast Indiana in October 2017, to Washington D.C. Also in October, 2018 Harry was honored to be awarded a key to the City of Goshen by Mayor Jeremy Stutsman.
A two hour visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. at Faith Mennonite Church, Monday, Nov. 18, just prior to the 5 p.m. memorial service, also at Faith Mennonite Church, 727 New York St. Goshen.
In accordance with Harry's wishes, his body has been donated to the Indiana University School of Medicine. Cremation will follow.
Memorial contributions may be sent to The Depot MCC Thrift Shops, 1013 Division St. Goshen, IN 46528.
Published on November 15, 2019


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Phil and Cheryl Rhoades
Nov 17, 2019
We got to know Harry pretty well over the years. Cheryl remembers one Halloween Harry came over with his tractor and wagon and picked up the kids and pulled the them around the neighborhood . The kids loved it! Phil remembers Harrys enthusiasm about a lot of different things and his desire to help those in need. He was always a positive person and someone we will miss.
Erma Mishler
Nov 16, 2019
Harry was always lots of fun to be with, having a quick wit. He was moved with compassion towards the under-dog, and was quick to serve others. We will miss Harry and our game nights together.