Rev. Amos K. Harnish, 97

Rev. Amos K. Harnish, 97, of Calvary Fellowship Homes, Lancaster, PA passed into the loving  arms of his Lord, whom he served all the 60 years of his pastoral ministry on Friday, January 22, 2010.  The son of the late Enos C. Harnish and Ella Kreider Harnish, Amos grew up in southern Lancaster County, where he met and married Miriam Witmer, to whom he was wed for 72 years.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by one sister, Esther Dagen and one brother, Parke K. Harnish, he is preceded in death by Elizabeth Weaver, Aaron K. Harnish, Anna Mary Peifer, Clayton K. Harnish, Enos K. Harnish and Lloyd K. Harnish.

Charter members of Calvary Independent Church, now Calvary Church, they felt called to the ministry.  After graduating from Practical Bible Training School, now Davis College, Amos was ordained in 1942 and served as pastor in various churches in New York State and Pennsylvania.

After retiring from the formal ministry and moving to New Holland, Amos continued as a volunteer in the pastoral services of Calvary Fellowship Homes, as well as volunteering with the Red Cross. The parent of two sons, Jay Vernon Harnish, married to Rhonda and Edward Harnish, both live in Texas.  He had three grandchildren, Tammy Townsend, Jay Erickson and Shawn Harnish, and nine great-grandchildren.  Amos always loved to volunteer, read, ride bicycle and spend time visiting and reminiscing with friends and relatives.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service at Calvary Homes’ Fellowship Hall 502 Elizabeth Dr. Lancaster, PA 17601 on Wednesday, January  27 2010 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. David D. Allen Jr. officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 10-10:30am prior to the service. Interment will take place in the Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Calvary Fellowship Homes’ Benevolent Fund. Arrangements by the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Chapel 560-5100. To send the family online condolences please visit

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