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Berton R. Craft


Berton Roger Craft, 86, died Thursday evening, July 27, 2017, at his home in Hershey, Pa. Born on December 29, 1930 in Punxsutawney, Pa., he was the son of the late Berton F. and Lavinia (Chapman) Craft.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings Wilette Winters, Theona Brenneman, Dr. Robert E. Craft, and a granddaughter, Hannah Craft.

Bert is survived by his wife of 44 years, Louise A. (Gibble) Craft; his son and family, Berton F. and Heather (Williams) Craft, grandchildren Joanna, Berton R., Ruth, Lydia, Sarah, Micaiah, and Hananiah of Mexico; daughter, Tracey L. Craft of Akron, Pa.; and stepdaughter and family, Rhonda (Heininger) and John Winesickle, granddaughter Sarah of Bellwood, Pa. In addition, Bert is survived by his sister Marilyn Myers of Columbia, S.C., his sister-in-law Deborah (Penhorwood) Craft of Fleetwood, Pa., as well as many well-loved nieces and nephews.

Bert retired from Middletown Area High School as a math teacher in 1990 and continued operating the Craft Tax and Accounting Service until 2011. Bert’s love of music extended from easy listening to the classics. In particular, he enjoyed attending the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra concerts. As a member of Friendship Force, he and Louise enjoyed hosting international members and traveling abroad. His most memorable trip was to China and Mongolia. In addition, they visited all 50 states. Bert attended Spring Creek Church of the Brethren.

In accordance with Bert’s wishes, there will be no services.

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