Date of BirthJuly 18, 1923

Robert T. Berkebile Obituary

Date of BirthJuly 18, 1923

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Date of PassingJanuary 23, 2016

Robert T. Berkebile Obituary

from Mckinney, Pennsylvania, United States

Date of BirthJuly 18, 1923

Robert T. Berkebile Obituary

Date of BirthJuly 18, 1923

313 Views

Date of PassingJanuary 23, 2016

Robert T. Berkebile Obituary

from Mckinney, Pennsylvania, United States


Rev. Robert "Bob" T. Berkebile, age 93, passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, as a resident of Laurelbrooke Landing, in Brookville, PA. Bob was born on  July 18, 1923, in Johnstown, PA, to the late Lowman Blair and Dora (Warsing) Berkebile. He was a retired United Methodist minister. He also was a World War II Army combat veteran serving with the 75th Infantry Division. During the Battle of the Bulge he was severely wounded and he became a recipient of the Bronze Star and  the Purple Heart. On July 18, 1946, he married Ardene (Higgins) Berkebile; after 42 years together, she preceded him in passing in January of 1988. On March 23, 1990, he married Betty (Sawyer) Berkebile, during their short time together, she fell ill and preceded him in passing in February of 1992. On April 24, 1993, he married Alice (Love) Berkebile; for over 23 years they have supported each other, and Alice survives him. After his service in the military, Bob attended and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary. After his graduation and ordination he served congregations in Pleasantville, PA,  Brookville, PA, Connersville, IN, Knightstown, IN, and Indianapolis, IN. In addition to his wife Alice, Bob is survived by 2 daughters; Vee Ann (Ron) Schmidt of Myrtle Beach, SC; Lyn (partner Julie Marsh) Berkebile of Indianapolis, IN; 2 step-sons; Ronald (Gladine) Reitz of McMurray, PA; Larry Reitz of Titusville, PA; 2 step-daughters; Shirley (Chuck) Baily of Waynesburg, PA; Connie (Anson) Brosius of Mayport, PA; 1 granddaughter; Mary Carter of Albany, IN; 1 great-granddaughter; Madalyn Milner of Albany, IN; and numerous step-grandchildren. In addition to his wife Ardene, his 2nd wife Betty, and his parents, Bob is preceded in death by 4 brothers; Harry (Florence) Berkebile; George Berkebile; Ralph (Helen) Berkebile; Earl (June) Berkebile; 2 sisters, both of which passed as young children; Myrtle and Dorathea Mae. Family and friends were received on Friday, November 25, 2016 at the McKinney - d'Argy Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Brookville, PA, 15825. A second viewing took place on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 30 S. White St., Brookville, PA, 15825. A funeral service followed immediately after the second viewing officiated by Rev. Chuck Jack, and  Rev. Larry Reitz. Another service and interment will take place at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens and Funeral Home, located in Greenwood, IN, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Brookville, or to the Asbury Theological Seminary, 204 N. Lexington Ave. Wilmore KY, 40390, or to the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home, 515 W. Camp St., PO Box 747, Lebanon, IN, 46052. Online condolences and other information may be found at www.mckinneydargy.com 

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