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Leonard R. Berkey

March 07, 2003

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Leonard R. Berkey, 81, of Shook Home and formerly of 834 S. Coldbrook Ave., died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at Shook Home.

Born Jan. 5, 1922, in Somerset County, Pa., he was the son of the late Wresley and Irene Thomas Berkey.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys E. Berkey, in 1997.

He was a 1940 graduate of Windber High School in Windber, Pa.

He retired in 1987 after 20 years as a body shop foreman at Jennings Chevrolet in Chambersburg. Earlier, he had been employed as the body shop foreman by the former Pristow's Auto Center in Richland, Pa., managed the former Franklin Auto Body Shop in Chambersburg, taught auto body at the Franklin County Vo-Tech School and was the body shop foreman at the former Gayman Chevrolet.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.

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He was a volunteer of AARP Income Tax for the Elderly and a former member of Windber Volunteer Fire Co.

He is survived by one daughter, Nancy Rotz of St. Thomas, Pa.; three sons, Terry R. Berkey of Chambersburg, Rodney A. Berkey of Newport Ritchie, Fla., and Thomas H. Berkey of Lancaster, Pa.; eight sisters, Bernice Ott, Olive Baker, Donna Koot, Janet Kushto and Neva Wise, all of Windber, Florence Brick of Hooversville, Pa., Lois Swanger of State College, Pa., and Marian Yoder of Davidsville, Pa.; one brother, Marlin R. Berkey of Windber; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Hobert Berkey, and two grandsons.

Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. K. Hull Byers will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg, with military graveside services by Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday at noon at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Building 2, Suite 321, 2001 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17102.

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