Feb. 14, 1922 - July 14, 2013
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SOUTH BEND - Peter Ver Berkmoes died surrounded by loved ones on 7/14/2013. Born in Elkhart, 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 9 months before Pearl Harbor in 1941. He served as a radioman aboard B-24 and B-25 bombers in the South Pacific during WW II and flew 68 combat missions, an amazing accomplishment. His honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he worked in the aerospace division of the Bendix Corp. in South Bend. He married then Lucille Sebelski of South Bend and had a daughter, Cynthia, and son, Ryan. The family moved to California in the 1950s. For many years he was with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale. Peter was always very proud of work he did on NASA projects for the moon program in the 1960s. After Peter's retirement, he and Lucille again lived in South Bend and he spent numerous summers fishing on Diamond Lake in Michigan, a place he knew from his childhood. Since 2002, he lived in Boulder Creek, CA, very close to Cynthia, who survives him along with his son, Ryan, an author. There will be a graveside service for Peter at 1 pm Friday, 25 October, at St. Joseph Cemetery, 24980 State Road 2 in South Bend.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Oct. 11, 2013