Charles Franklin Hershberger, 88, of rural Martinsburg, passed into the arms of his Savior early Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at his residence.
He was born July 20, 1930, in New Enterprise, son of the late Ross Wilbur Hershberger and Cleo Elizabeth (Detwiler) Hershberger.
On Aug. 6, 1949, he married M. Dolores Beach at the Koontz Church of the Brethren, Loysburg. She preceded him in death on April 16, 2010.
Surviving are two sons, David C. of Shippensburg, and Ross H. (Yvonne) of rural Martinsburg, and two daughters, Ellen M. Stuckey (Joseph), Martinsburg and Christine F. Ebersole (Randall) rural Martinsburg.
Also surviving are four brothers, George, of Woodbury, Max of New Enterprise, Robert of Quarryville, and Jerry of New Enterprise, and one sister, Lois Kyper, of rural Huntingdon. He had 17 grandchildren and two step grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 7 step great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a grandson, Aaron N. Stuckey and a brother, John.
He attended Hopewell and Martinsburg Grace Brethren Churches. As a young man he worked for New Enterprise Stone and Lime. He then pursued his life-long passion of dairy and crop farming. He was a graduate of Replogle High School.
He had a great interest in carpentry and was also an accomplished mason. He could also solve most mechanical and welding issues that occurred on the farm. Education was very important to Charles. He served 34 years as a School Board Director for Northern Bedford County School District and was a Woodbury Township Supervisor. The farm he owned with his wife of 60 years, Dolores, achieved Dairy of Distinction Status.
He greatly enjoyed the children in his family and loved hosting large family get-togethers and making sure all the young children had gifts at Christmas.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 on Friday, Feb. 1, and from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service, Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church, 300 S. Mulberry Street, Martinsburg, Pastors Mark “Cappy” Lingenfelter and Brian L. McCall officiating. Interment will be held at Dry Hill Cemetery, Woodbury.
Memorial contributions in memory of Charles may be given to the Hopewell Grace Brethren Church, 5320 Raystown Rd., Hopewell, PA and the Aaron N. Stuckey Memorial Foundation Scholarship Fund, in care of the Central PA Community Foundation, 1330 11th Ave., Altoona, PA.
Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg. www.bolgerfuneralhome.com