Archie D. Bergstresser Archie D. Bergstresser, 86, East Sprowl Road, McConnellsburg, PA died at 10:15 AM, Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the Fulton County Medical Center, McConnellsburg, PA. Born August 14, 1927 in Taylor Township, he was the son of the late Ralph and Maye (Knepper) Berkstresser, Sr. Mr. Bergstresser is survived by his long time friend, Lois (Lane) Bard, McConnellsburg. Two sisters and two brothers survive: Jean Cline, Chambersburg, PA; Clifford Berkstresser and wife Julie and Neil Berkstresser and wife Betty (deceased), both of Harrisonville, PA; and Joan Geesaman and husband Ken, Shippensburg, PA along with a sister-in-law, Betty Berkstresser, Harrisonville. Also there are many nephews and nieces. A sister, LaRue Shaw and two brothers, Ronald B. Berkstresser and Ralph B. Berkstresser II preceded in death. Mr. Bergstresser was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church, Harrisonville, PA. He loved spending time with his family and friends and had a keen interest in family activities. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, hunting, fishing, watching old time western movies, music and was known to play the mandolin. Mr. Bergstresser retired from the Merchant Marines May 1, 1984. He made his first voyage in 1947 on the S.S. "Panagiotis Coumantaros" an American built liberty ship under the Greek flag carrying a load of coal to France. His last voyage was in 1983 on the S.S. "Santa Barbara" an American Merchant ship running to the west coast of South America. He sailed for three years as a member of the Seafarers International Union and for thirty-three years as a member of the International Organization of Masters Mates & Pilots. He had been to seventy different countries during his work and had made 128 round trip extended foreign voyages some ranging as far as the Indian Ocean area, 127 coastwide and nearby foreign voyages and 10 intercoastal voyages. He held a masters license, unlimited for oceans. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Fairview United Methodist Church, 2288 North Hess Road, Harrisonville, PA with Pastor Jean Swett officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call at the M. R. Brown Funeral Home, 301 Pitt Street, Hustontown, PA from 4:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday and at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Online condolences and further information may be obtained at funeralfinder.com
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Published in Public Opinion on July 2, 2014