Richard L. Bergey of Li­titz

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Richard L. Bergey, 75, of Li­titz, PA passed away on Oc­to­ber 21st in Li­titz, PA. He was the hus­band of Eve­lyn M. (Vines) Bergey to whom he was mar­ried for 54 years.

Born in Philadel­phia, PA he was the son of the late Elmer and Ma­bel David­heiser Bergey. Af­ter study­ing his­tory and stroking the light­weight crew at the Univer­sity of Pennsylvania, class of 1962, Richard taught ju­nior and se­nior high school So­cial Stud­ies and coached both JV foot­ball and Varsity crew for Lower Merion school district. He then changed ca­reers and worked for 36 years in the bank­ing in­dus­try where he spe­cial­ized in com­mer­cial lend­ing. He was a mem­ber of the Li­titz United Methodist Church. He founded the Li­titz Li­brary “Great De­ci­sions” dis­cus­sion group and vol­un­teered with many dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups. He was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ham­mer Creek Wa­ter­shed As­so­ci­a­tion and Trout Un­lim­ited.

Richard’s wife, friends, chil­dren and grand­chil­dren cher­ish many fond mem­o­ries of Richard in his pre­ferred en­vi­ron­ment: on the wa­ter- fish­ing, wad­ing and boat­ing. His in­ter­est in sport ex­tended to his chil­dren and they all ap­pre­ci­ated the time, en­ergy and en­cour­age­ment he of­fered them in their own ath­letic pur­suits. He coached them all at var­i­ous times dur­ing their child­hoods, taught them to shoot bas­kets and catch balls. Shortly af­ter dawn, he could be found on the Susque­hanna River, shout­ing in­struc­tion through a bull­horn to the Franklin and Mar­shall Crew, to whom he also of­fered his ser­vices as a vol­un­teer coach.

Later in his life he truly en­joyed his grand­chil­dren. He taught them to bait a hook and cast a line. He and Eve­lyn were their big­gest sup­port­ers as they cheered on many side­lines and sat in seats dur­ing in­nu­mer­able con­certs and recitals, Soccer, Softball, Swim­ming, Field Hockey, and Lacrosse events. He was a vo­ra­cious reader and en­joyed shar­ing his ex­ten­sive li­brary with oth­ers. His lap was al­ways wel­com­ing to his lit­tle chil­dren and grand­chil­dren dur­ing scary movie watch­ing, bad feel­ing sooth­ing, or sim­ple re­lax­ing. He never missed an op­por­tu­nity to of­fer a funny quip, one liner, pun or joke. He buoyed the peo­ple around him and was sur­rounded by smiles.

In ad­di­tion to his wife Eve­lyn, he is sur­vived by his three daugh­ters Dr. El­iz­a­beth Bergey (Dr. Brian McIn­roy) of Me­chan­ics­burg, PA, Ronda Bon­ner (Kevin Bon­ner) of Churchville, PA and Julie Faries (David Faries) of Ch­ester­field, VA; Grand­chil­dren PFC Dou­glas Richard McIn­roy, Jaimie and Brice McIn­roy, Ha­ley and Dana Bon­ner, Whit­ney, Austyn, and Daniel Faries.

Cel­e­bra­tion of his life will be held Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 29, 2016 with visi­ta­tion 10 AM, me­mo­rial ser­vice at 11AM with lunch to fol­low to be held at the Li­titz Methodist Church, 201 Mar­ket St. Li­titz, PA 17543. In­ter­ment will be held pri­vately. Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to United Methodist Re­lief Fund (UMCOR) or The Men­non­ite Dis­as­ter Re­lief in his mem­ory.

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