Charles Harshbarger, Jr.

Charles Harshbarger, Jr.

Arcola – Charles Edward Harshbarger Jr., 72, of Great Falls, Fairfax County, Va., formerly of Arcola, Ill., died at 3:20 p.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at the Arcola Presbyterian Church USA at 311 E. Jefferson St, Arcola, on Feb. 2. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The funeral service will start at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Don Winch presiding. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Shrader Funeral Home, 204 N. Locust St., Arcola, is assisting the family with local arrangements.

A previous memorial service was also held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden St., Herndon, Va. Chaplain Steven Becker conducted the services. Information about the service is available on their website at

Formerly of Arcola, Dr. Harshbarger had lived in LaFayette, Ind., Columbia, Mo., Overland Park, Kan., Denver, Colo., and Great Falls, Va.

He was born Oct. 12, 1940, at Jarman Memorial Hospital in Tuscola to Charles Edward Harshbarger Sr. and Alma Grace Swick Harshbarger. His childhood years were spent in Arcola, where he was a member of the First Christian Church.

He graduated from Arcola High School in 1958 and excelled in both scholastic and athletic abilities. He was co-captain of the Arcola football team that won the 1957 Okaw Valley championship. He was also captain of the famous 1958 championship Arcola basketball team, when he was known as "Easy Ed," and led the team to the "Sweet 16" level for the first time in the school's history.

He graduated in 1962 with an agricultural economics degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where he was a member of the Illini basketball team and a member and officer of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He completed a Master's Degree at the University of Illinois and earned a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.

He was an assistant professor at the University of Missouri for four years.

He was an officer in the Federal Reserve Bank before 1983, when he joined the Farm Credit Administration in Washington, D. C., as an agricultural economist in the Economic Analysis Division and was named division director in September 1985. While at FCA, Dr. Harshbarger was recognized and honored twice by his colleagues, receiving the FCA Peer Awards for fairness and integrity.

On June 30, 1962, at the Arcola Presbyterian Church USA, he married Lianne Marian Allen, daughter of Dr. Elmer Sherman Allen and Jane Chloe Jarman Allen. Lianne, her two daughters and one son survive. They are: Shannon Jane (John) Mullen of Shawnee, Kan.; Lance Edward (Sonya) Harshbarger of Olathe, Kan., and Allison Lianne Harshbarger (David) Adams of Mineral Wells, Texas.

In May of 1987, Dr. Harshbarger married Mehrangiz "Mary" Khanizadeh Harshbarger, a chemistry teacher in the public schools of Fairfax County, Va. He was a loving and caring father to her children, Kayvan Khanizadeh and Yasmin Khanizadeh (Matt) Hatley of Sterling, Va. Mary and her two children survive.

Dr. Harshbarger is survived by his mother, Alma Grace Swick Harshbarger, 99 years old, and two brothers, William Roger Harshbarger, his wife Nora Lynne Bacheldor Harshbarger of Arcola, and Robert Swick Harshbarger, his wife (Harriett Vicki Olson) Harshbarger of Lithia Springs, Ga.

He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: children of Shannon and John Mullen: Shelby, Shane and Paige of Shawnee, Kan.; children of Lance and Sonya Harshbarger: Olivia, Caroline and Julia of Olathe, Kan.; children of Allison and David Adams: Chloe, Jett and Miles of Mineral Wells, Texas; children of Yasmin Khanizadeh Hatley and Matt Hatley, Liam and Ruby; also, many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Dr. Harshbarger, often accompanied by his children, revealed an adventurous spirit in his love of golf, whitewater rafting, skiing and his interest in Civil War history.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Edward Harshbarger Sr., on Sept. 28, 1991.

The family requests that in lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions be made to: 1. the American Cancer Society, 2. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., 3. Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and 4. Langley Residential Support Services in Vienna, Va. (2070 Chain Bridge Rd. Suite G55).

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