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Dr. Wayne A. Hershberger


1931 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Wayne A. Hershberger Obituary
Dr. Wayne A. Hershberger

Born: Oct. 7, 1931; in Akron, OH

Died: Aug. 1, 2014; in Sebastian, FL

Dr. Wayne Albert Hershberger, of Sebastian, Florida, formerly of DeKalb, Illinois, passed away shortly after 8:00pm, August 1, 2014, at home surrounded by the comfort of his family.

Visitation is scheduled from 3:00-5:00pm on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory in Sebastian, followed at a later date by private services, after cremation.

Wayne was born October 7, 1931, in Akron, Ohio, the first son of Wilbur and Nellie (Shorder) Hershberger. On March 7, 1953, he was united in marriage with his college sweetheart Joyce Ann Eikenberry at her family church, The Church of the Brethren, in Union City, Indiana. Wayne and Joyce enjoyed extensive travels throughout their enduring marriage, building many happy memories together, and recently celebrated the 61st anniversary of their loving marriage.

He is survived by his wife Joyce of Sebastian, and their children, David (Jan) Hershberger of Geneva, Illinois, Stephen (Heidi) Hershberger of DeKalb, Illinois, and Debbie (David) Hershberger-Kidwell of Charleston, Illinois. Also surviving are grandchildren Lauren Kidwell of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Brian Kidwell of Fairfax, Virginia, PFC Devin Hershberger and Trevor Hershberger of DeKalb, Illinois, Christine (Scott) Antor of South Elgin, Illinois, and Stefanie (Stu) Girgins of Geneva, Illinois, as well as four great-grandchildren Jason and Camryn Antor of South Elgin, Illinois and Lucas and William Girgins of Geneva, Illinois.

He was preceded by sister, Betty Lou Cayford and brothers, J. David Hershberger, and Barton Lee Hershberger, parents Wilbur and Nellie Hershberger, in-laws Millard and Helen Eikenberry, brother and sister-in-law Millard Jr. and Mary Eikenberry, and sister-in-law Charlein Yost.

After completing his education at Manchester College, Kent State University, and The University of Colorado at Boulder, Wayne and Joyce moved their family from Colorado to Belmont, California in June 1962 where Wayne began his career with the American Institutes for Research in Palo Alto. The family moved from Belmont to Palo Alto the following year before Wayne accepted a teaching position at Northern Illinois University, beginning fall semester 1964, and thereafter he devoted the greatest portion of his career to teaching, service, and research as a Professor of Psychology at Northern Illinois University. He retired December 1997, after 34 years at NIU, and Wayne and Joyce relocated to Sebastian in January 1998.

During their years in California Wayne was active in community theater productions with the Hillbarn Theatre, in San Mateo, an interest he pursued in DeKalb, Illinois with the Stage Coach Players where he both acted in, and directed, a number of productions. A life long aviation enthusiast

Wayne was an active participant and leader in the Kishwaukee RC Flyers Club in DeKalb, where he shared his love of RC modeling with sons Dave and Steve, and the Airmasters RC Club in Sebastian, where he introduced his grandsons Brian, Devin, and Trevor to the fun of RC flying and was recognized by the club as an instructor level pilot. He especially appreciated the many friendships made in his association with fellow aviation enthusiasts in these clubs. An avid reader, he frequently stopped at the North Indian River County Library to check out new books on his way home from the Airmasters RC flying field.

Wayne was a thoughtful man, willing to devote the time and energy to achieve precision in his professional career, in his devotion to his family, and in his avocational interests. Wayne's legacy will be as a mentor to both his family and a chosen group of doctoral students, throughout his career and retirement. He prided himself on the virtues of being a strong and kindhearted soul, and his family and friends will dearly miss him.

Cards may be addressed to the Hershberger family c/o Seawinds, 735 S. Fleming St., Sebastian, Fl. 32958, www.seawindsfh.com.

Memorials may be made via donations to your local library or the in his honor.
Published in Daily-Chronicle on Aug. 5, 2014
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