Peter Ver Berkmoes(1922 - 2013)

Peter Ver Berkmoes
Feb. 14, 1922 - Jul. 14,
Resident of Boulder Creek
Peter Ver Berkmoes died after a long illness, surrounded by loved ones on Jul. 14, 2013. Born in Elkhart, IN, his father worked for the New York Central Railroad. As a teenager, Peter enjoyed building radios. Suspecting that war was coming, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps nine months before Pearl Harbor, in 1941. He served as a radioman aboard B-24 and B-25 bombers in the South Pacific during World War II and flew 68 combat missions, an amazing accomplishment. His honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross.
After the war, he worked in the aerospace industry and moved with his family to California in the 1950s. For many years he was with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale. He was often at the old Lockheed test facility near Big Basin. He was always very proud of work he did on NASA projects for the moon program in the 1960s.
Peter and his family lived in Aptos from 1967. His wife Lucille (who died in 2002) owned a local cafe and antique shop for many years. After his retirement, he spent numerous summers fishing on Diamond Lake, in Michigan, a place he knew from his childhood. Since 2002, he lived in Boulder Creek near his daughter, Cynthia Lester, a local real estate broker. Peter enjoyed a fun-loving circle of friends while he dabbled in his lifelong interest in radio. Besides Cynthia, Peter is survived by his son Ryan, an author.
A memorial service for Peter, followed by a meal, will be held Jul. 27 at 1pm at the Boulder Creek Community Church, 13090 Hwy 9.

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 23, 2013