Rev. S. Allen Shirk, 92, Mennonite minister, was missionary in Hong Kong and India

By on October 22, 2014

Rev. S. Allen Shirk, 92, of Landis Homes, passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Born March 19, 1922, in New Holland, he was the son of the late Samuel S. and Lydia Stauffer Shirk. He was the husband of the late Elsie K. Groff Shirk.

He was a missionary for the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities for 12 years in India and two years in Hong Kong for Eastern Mennonite Missions. Allen then served as pastor at Emmanuel Church in Hong Kong for 20 years. In his retirement in Lancaster, he continued to be very supportive and active at Mellinger Mennonite Church. He also was involved in promoting the work of Far East Broadcasting and Ambassdors for Christ. His life was one of service to His Lord along with his wife wherever God led them.

He is survived by a daughter: Sylvia Dannelley-McCree of Pecos, Texas; three grandchildren: Ekutan (T.K.) of Fort Worth, Texas; Nichi and husband, Eddie, of Orlando, Fla.; Jay Allen and wife Jenn, on mission currently in Romania.

He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter; brothers: Harold and Raymond Shirk.

Services were held at the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes on Oct. 18. Interment was in Mellingers Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Caring Fund at Landis Homes.

Online condolences may be offered at Arrangements entrusted to Furman Home for Funerals, Leola.

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