The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 13, 2012

Captain Robert W. Berkey


The Tribune-Democrat

SUN LAKES, ARIZ. — BERKEY – Captain Robert W., 75, Sun Lakes, Ariz., passed away Sept. 29, 2012. Born Jan. 20, 1937, in Boswell, to Arlo and Anna Mary Berkey. Bob was blessed more than most in being able to accomplish an incredible life journey. He started in the steel mills, moved onto having his own well-drilling business. Then he had the opportunity to manage the Somerset Airport which lead to his biggest dream of all, becoming a United Airline pilot. That career lasted for 32 years. He flew to every continent in the world except Antarctica and was extremely proud of it all. Bob was a peaceful, well-read man who stubbornly and admirably battled cancer for many years. All who knew him were amazed at his uncomplaining courage and optimism. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by children, Cindy (Steve) Mine, Kim Berkey, Blaine (Jamie) Berkey, Scott (Cory) Berkey, Bob Berkey and Dena (Jack Wright) Berkey; and grandchildren, Clint, Laina, Leah, Kyle, Arlo, Troy, Tanner and Jesse; also beloved great-grandchildren, Micah Berkey and Axton Berkey. Bob will be greatly missed by his wife, Carol; and sister, June McHenry, Windber. Service was held at Chandler Christian Church, Chandler, Ariz., with close family, prayer group partners and many of his aviation friends and associates attending.


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