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December 22, 1935 to October 03, 2020-On Saturday October 3rd, 2020 we lost our beloved Ken Hershberger, of Sandy Oregon.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Kenneth G. HershbergerOn Saturday October 3rd, 2020 we lost our beloved Ken Hershberger, of Sandy Oregon. A family memorial and celebration of Ken's life took place in Palm Springs during the month of October. Kenneth Glen Hershberger, the youngest of 10 children, was born December 22, 1935 in Glendo, Wyoming to Harold and Julia Hershberger. Ken enlisted in the Navy following his graduation from Santa Cruz High School, landing him in Washington state, where he met the love of his life, Bonnie Ray Samples. On October 31, 1960, Ken married Bonnie in Vancouver, Washington. Together they raised 4 children, Cary, Dan, Shelly and Mike. After returning from serving overseas in 1962, Ken was transferred to Southern California where he continued his career until retirement in 1974.

At that time, Ken became the 2nd youngest chief in the Navy, retiring with the highest listed rank of Master Chief Electrician. Ken was a long time VFW member, including acting as the office quartermaster. Following retiring from the navy, Ken, Bonnie, Shelly and Mike moved to Sandy, Oregon, where he spent his remaining years. Ken was a teacher at Benson high school, where he retired after 17 years. His passion for education is something which he instilled in both his students and family. In his free time, Ken enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting and gardening. He was a dedicated veteran, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. Ken is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bonnie Hershberger; his brother Gene Hershberger; his son Cary Hershberger (Rose Hershberger); his son Dan Hershberger; his

daughter Shelly Burks (Matt Burks); his son Mike Hershberger (Margaret Hershberger); his grandchildren; Autumn Clevenger, Heather Richardson, Riley Hershberger, Sarah Hershberger,

Carly Hershberger, Rusty Hershberger and Tommy Hershberger.

The family requests that any donations honoring Ken's memory be made to the Vietnam Veterans Association of Portland, Oregon.

Our Hero

When one thinks of a hero

Countless terms come to mind

Those who provide constant support, unconditional love

Are encouraging, compassionate, forgiving and kind

They have defended their country

And educated its youth

Encouraging all to be their best selves

Living a life of happiness and truth

But most importantly their family

For which they insurmountably care

Sacrificing any and everything

With love and dedication unable to compare

You may have called him Berger

Chief, Sparky or Ken

Or maybe it was Dad

Gramps or Brother Glen

Despite the different titles

Or ways we knew him as our own

It's undeniable he was the greatest

Hero this world has known

In loving memory of Kenneth G. Hershberger

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