SALEM - John T. Harbin, 80, of Salem, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 surrounded by his family.
John was born Oct. 12, 1932 in Hardy, Miss., the son of Buster William and Corrie Carpenter Harbin. Artie Harbin, his stepmother, raised him.
He was employed at Eljers in Salem, Carbonic Dispenser 17 years in Canfield and Electric Furnace 26 years and retired in 1995.
He was a member of the Greenford Lutheran Church and served as a councilman and usher. He was an U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a life member of the Elks Lodge #305 in Salem. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends.
He is survived by the love of his life for 61 years, Donna (Bush) Harbin, whom he married Nov. 11, 1951; a son, Daniel Harbin of Mannington, W.Va.; a daughter, Pam Lutsch of Salem; a sister, Elizabeth Smart of Grenada, Miss.; grandchildren, Jonathon (Hope) Harbin, Josh Harbin, Justin Harbin, Jennifer McHenry, Ryan and Tanner Lutsch and their father, Richard Lutsch; two
great-grandchildren; and three special ladies, Mary and Shawna Fanok and Katie Dance.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Clyde Lowery and Floyd Lowery, and a sister, Inez Banar.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Douglas George officiating.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home with a Salem Elks Lodge Service at 8 p.m. Burial will be at Greenlawn Lutheran Cemetery in Greenford with military honors provided by the Salem Honor Guard.
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for the excellent care and compassion they gave to John.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Boy Scouts Troop 2 of Salem, c/o First United Methodist Church, 244 South Broadway, Salem, OH 44460.