YORK James E. "Jim" Eberhart, 88, died on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at his residence. Born on November 30, 1924 in Renovo, he was the son of the late Mary Elizabeth (McConaghay) and the late Charles Best Eberhart. Attending South Renovo Schools, he graduated from Renovo High School in 1942. While attending school he worked for Renovo Milk Products and J.J. Newberry Co. He was also employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a brakeman in the Renovo yards. He was the husband of the late Mary Elizabeth (Knouse) Eberhart, they were married in Harrisburg at St. Marks Methodist Church on April 17, 1948. He entered the Navy at Philadelphia in February 1943 attending boot camp in Sampson, N.Y. and was then sent to Richmond Diesel School in Virginia. From there he was transferred to the Naval Landing Force Equipment Depot, Norfolk, Va. In late 1943, he was assigned to the 9th Beach Battalion at Virginia Beach, and was transferred to Fort Pierce, Fla. for training; after completion of training he was assigned to the USS Lamar, PA 47, a transport and participated in 5 invasions in the South Pacific; Guam,, Leyte, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa. Jim was awarded the American Theatre, Asiatic Pacific Theatre and Philippine Liberation Medals with 5 Battle Stars. Following his discharge from the Navy in 1946 as a MOMM 1; he was in the chicken business with Pocosham Hatchery in Richmond, Va. In February 1947, he enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police and served in the Butler, Harrisburg and York Barracks. After leaving the state police in 1956, he joined the J.E. Baker Co., York as a safety director; and in 1961 he joined Nationwide Insurance Company as an adjuster and retired as a large loss casualty adjuster on February 1, 1987. James was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Emigsville, the Renovo Masonic Lodge, the York Tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Harrisburg Consistory; and was past president of the York Claimsmen Assoc. and past church council member. He also served as an auditor and judge of elections in Manchester Twp. He is survived by a daughter, Marcia E. Weber of York; two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. A funeral service will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Chaplain Wesley Mast officiating at the Etzweiler Funeral Home, 1111 East Market St., York. A viewing will be held Monday from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home. Masonic Services will begin at 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by the York County Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Feb. 2, 2013