Jacob B. Hershey

NEW OXFORD Jacob B. "Jake" Hershey, 90, formerly of York, passed away peacefully December 14, 2012, to be with the Lord, surrounded by family. He was the husband of Esther M. (McConahy) Hershey, to whom he was married 67 years. Born January 2, 1922, in York, he was the son of the late Paul P. and Mary K. (Brenneman) Hershey. During WWII, Jake served in Civilian Public Service in the State Hospital in Augusta Maine and in the U.S. Forestry Service in Kane, and Bedford, Va. He was the former President, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Auto Dealers Exchange in Strinestown. He was formerly employed with the family business, A. S. Hershey Company, a former 5 & 10 store located at 367 West Market St. in York. Jake was a 19M40 graduate of William Penn Senior High School, a member and lifetime Deacon of First Church of the Brethren, where he also served as a longtime member of the Stewards Commission. He was Past President of the Eastern Auto Auction Association, inducted into the National Auto Auction Hall of Fame in 1996 and served as a member of the Investment Board of Children's Aid Society. In addition to his wife, Jake is survived by three sons, Jacob E. Hershey and his wife, Ruth of York, John M. Hershey of Clifton Park, N.Y., and Wendell K. Hershey and his wife Laura of York; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and a sister, Rhea Grissinger of New Oxford. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Wolfgang who died in 2011. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday December 20, 2012, at the Nicarry Meeting House at The Brethren Home, 2990 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford, with Pastor Merv Wunderlich and Pastor Matthew Hershey, Jake's grandson, officiating. There will be no viewing. The family will receive friends following the service. A private burial will be held in Greenmount Cemetery prior to the funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Brethren, 2710 Kingston Road, York, PA 17402 or to the "Good Samaritan Fund" c/o Brethren Home Foundation, 2990 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford, PA 17350. Etzweiler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1111 E. Market St., York, is in charge of arrangements. www.etzweiler.com

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Etzweiler Funeral Home
1111 East Market Street York, PA
(717) 843-0216

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Dec. 17, 2012