George A. Hershberger

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George A. Hershberger, 91, Springfield, Mo., formerly of Greentown, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Mo. He was born Dec. 9, 1919, in Nappanee, to Elmer and Maude Hershberger. At the age of 3, the family moved to Greentown, where George graduated from high school with the class of 1939.

Early in World War II, George volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps, which later became the U.S. Air Force. George retired as a lieutenant colonel after serving 22 years of active duty.

Following retirement from the Air Force and moving to Springfield, George began his second career as business manager for the Woman’s Clinic. He worked for the clinic for 10 years.

George’s third career choice was as a vintner in Long Lane, where he purchased land. He enjoyed several years of growing grapes and making wine, which he shared with his many friends.

He was a member of King’s Way United Methodist Church, Springfield, Mo., the Shrine, Rotary and the Order of Daedalians, the National Fraternity of Commissioned Military Pilots. George had flown 30 missions during World War II.

George is survived by his wife Pearl of the home. Survivors also include his sister-in-law, Donna Bronaugh, Dallas; his stepchildren, Deborah and Kurt Anderson and their children Dustin and Katelyn, in Georgia, and Timothy Carver and his children, Darby and Peyton in Florida. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Constance Scott Hershberger; his two brothers, Russell Hershberger and Virgil Hershberger; and his wife, Mary.

A graveside service is 2 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2011 at Greentown’s Greenlawn Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Goodspeed officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the U.S. Air Force and the American Legion Military Rites Team.

Donations may be made to King’s Way United Methodist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Hasler and Stout Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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