Harlan N. Keener, 83, of 1266 Gypsy Hill Road in West Lampeter Township, the family farm where he lived most his life. Harlan went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Arbor View at Willow Valley, Lancaster after a long illness. He was the husband of Shirley Y. (Groff) Keener for sixty-two years. They were married on August 8, 1953.
He and his wife, Shirley, along with their three sons, Doug, Daryl and Duane, farmed for fifty-seven years which included the dairy farm and a large environmental Swine (hog) facility for 1000 sows built in 1979. In 1985, he built and operated a methane digester until he suffered a stroke in 2006. Operating his first ever working methane digester for Swine in the nation was Harlans greatest accomplishment in farming. This led him to entertain hundreds of guests from other countries and the U.S. who wanted to learn about it. A real highlight was an exchange trip to China.
Active in Agriculture, Harlan was a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the Interstate Milk Producers. He served on the Board of the Soil Conservation Commission and the Advisory Board of the Lancaster County Planning Commission, the SRBC and PECO.
Born November 26, 1932 on a farm in Rapho Township, Lancaster County, he was the son of the late Clarence K. and Sadie H. (Nissly) Keener. A Christian, Harlan was an active member of the Lampeter Church of the Brethren, where he served on the Administrative Board, was Deacon with his wife and was a Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of Gideons International-Lancaster South Camp and was always impressed with the great expanse and variety of Gods created Universe.
Harlan Knew he Loved and Served an Awesome God!
Also surviving in addition to his wife, Shirley, are three children: Douglas L. Keener married to Debbie, of Lampeter; Daryl L. Keener married to Kathy, of Lancaster and Duane L. Keener, of Lancaster, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one on the way! One sister: Martha N. married to Ivan H. Thomas, of Lancaster. He was also preceded in death by two siblings: Roy Keener and Ruth Mellinger and a great-grandchild: Grace May Mellinger.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Harlans Service to be held at the Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lancaster, PA 17602 on Monday afternoon, February 1, 2016 at 2PM. The family will receive friends at the church on Monday afternoon following the service.
There will be a private family viewing held at the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home Sullivan Home, 121 South Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 (on-site parking with attendants). The interment will be held in the Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery, Willow Street, PA at the convenience of the family. Kindly omit flowers. If desired, Memorial Remembrances can be made in Harlans memory to the Lampeter Church of the Brethren Missions Fund at the address above or to Hospice & Community Care, www.hospiceandcommunity care.org.
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Lancaster, PA 17603
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