James Thomas “Jim” Berkheiser, 79, of Lebanon, formerly of Palmyra, passed away on Saturday November 10, 2018 at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital.
Jim was born in Ashland on July 19, 1939 to the late Harry and Hazel (Weikel) Berkheiser of Campbelltown, formerly of Mt Carmel. He resided in Mt. Carmel with his parents and brother until moving to Hershey when he was a teenager. He graduated from Hershey High School in 1957 and started a long career at the Hershey Country Club in 1962 ultimately becoming an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent and retiring from the profession in 2001. Jim’s Hershey Country Club career was interrupted in the mid 1960’s when he enlisted in and served in the US Army. After retiring in 2001, he worked part-time at Home Depot in Harrisburg for 11 years. Jim enjoyed outdoor work, working with horses when he was young, and was an avid history buff.
Jim is survived by his first wife Elaine (Hostetter) Berkheiser of Cleona, their children, Kevin Berkheiser of Lebanon, Michelle Whitfield (husband, Marcus) of Middletown, grandson Tyler Whitfield of Middletown, his brother Darwin Berkheiser (wife, Karen) of Cleona and his nephew Corey Berkheiser of Cleona. He was preceded in death by his second wife Linda (Krushinski) Berkheiser of Palmyra, formerly of Murrysville, and his daughter, Jennifer Berkheiser of Cleona.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday November 17, 2018 at 11AM at Kreamer Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 618 E. Main Street, Annville. Private interment will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. There will be a visitation from 10:30AM-11AM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society, Rt 422 & Sipe Ave, Hershey, PA 17033.