|Birth: ||Jul. 11, 1927|
|Death: ||May 6, 2009|
Ivan H. Berwager, of Hanover, entered into God's eternal care May 6, 2009.
Born in Deep Run, MD, on a farm, he was one of 13 children of the late T.H. Berwager and Beulah A. Barnhart Berwager.
Mr. Berwager attended a one room school house in Deep Run and was then drafted into the United States Army on September 20, 1945. He received his basic training at Fort Bragg, NC, where he drove M40 M5 tractors for 105 and 155 Howitzers and was later called upon for gunnery on the 105 Howitzer. Upon completion of his basic training, he set sail for Chinhae, Korea, in the spring of 1946. He was promoted to Motor Sergeant for Battery 51st Field Artillery AP06, where he supervised three mechanics, six vehicles, plus a Howitzer along with all the reports.
He had the privilege to vacation in Tokyo, Japan, as a non-commissioned officer. It was there that he learned the horrors and devastation that war brings, for he was able to see the destruction that the second atomic bomb brought upon Nagasaki, a blackness as far as one's eyes could see. Upon completion of his tour of duty in Korea, he returned to United States on February 28, 1947.
On March 27, 1948, he was married to his only sweetheart, Marjorie Zentz, at St. David's Union Church by the Rev. A.M. Hollinger.
Mr. Berwager worked for Peterman Pontiac as Motor Technician for 10 years and then later was co-owner of Berwager and Hempfing Amoco Service for 30 years. After his retirement in 1988, he worked for Shearers and Cremer Florists and then Champion Chevrolet as a messenger for title work. He later worked part time jockeying cars for Gene Latta Ford, Hanover Toyota, Hanover Honda, Hanover Hyundai, and Hanover Chrysler Truck.
Ivan was very active in service of others. He was a treasurer and past president of West Manheim PTA and active in Christian Endeavor Society of St. David's Union Church. He loved music and loved to sing, singing in the church choir, men's quartet, and duets with his wife. He loved to teach, having taught Sunday School for over 50 years and leading prayer meeting groups until his illness set in. He served as an elder for 15 years.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, Marjorie (Zentz) Berwager, he is survived by their children, Ivan Berwager, Jr. and wife, Theresea of Poway, CA, Bonnie E. Smith and husband, Mark of Meridian, ID, Michael E. Berwager of Hanover, Stephen D. Berwager of Clyde, NC, Thomas E. Berwager and wife, Debra, and Timothy A. Berwager and wife, Sheri, all of Hanover, Gloria A. Brabham and husband, Herbert of Lansdown, and Deborah K. Miller and husband, Kevin of Spring Grove; four sisters, Pauline Mummert, Nadine Neiderer, Mary Gilbert, and Grace Hempfing and husband, Gerald, all of Hanover; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his twin sons, who died at birth; three brothers, Hurley, Melvin, and Woodrow Berwager; and five sisters, Treva Zumbrum, Erma Hilker, Hazel Sullivan, Lettie Dupler, and Gladys Shadle.
Rest Haven Cemetery
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Record added: May 08, 2009
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Added: Oct. 22, 2011
Thank you Sir for your honored service to our great country. May you rest in peace always.|
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