Russell Ben Hersberger

Born: Sun., Mar. 31, 1929
Died: Wed., Dec. 19, 2012


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 21, 2012
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 22, 2012
Location: Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Dec. 22, 2012

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Russell (Ben) Hersberger, of Mt. Auburn, who was born on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1929 passed away at Reid Memorial Hospital on December 19, with his family by his side.

Ben was born in Lapel, Indiana, the son of Guy and Ressie (Martin) Hersberger.  He and his wife, Patty enjoyed 60 years of marriage, having been married on February 29, 1952.  His children are son, Jim (Lynn) Hersberger of Fort Wayne, daughter, Julie of Greensboro, North Carolina, and daughter Emily (Leo) Turchyn of Batesville. He raised his nieces Constance Criss of Indianapolis and Catherine Criss Fisher of Greenwood.  He leaves his beloved grandchildren, Stephen (Stefanie) Turchyn of Indianapolis, Jim (Windy) Turchyn of Urbana, Illinois, Jane Turchyn of Batesville, Christopher Hersberger of Boulder, Colorado and Courtney Hersberger Copeland of Ft. Wayne, as well as two great-granddaughters Anya and Lexi Copeland of Ft. Wayne.  He is also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ben graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1947, where he was senior class president and class valedictorian.  He attended Muncie Business College and took some classes at Indiana University East.  He was a combat infantryman in the Korean War, serving in Company F of the 23rd Regiment.  Wounded on Heartbreak Ridge, he was awarded the Purple Heart.  After being discharged from the Army he returned to civilian life, and was employed at Allen Chevrolet in Cambride City.  He later became an insurance agent, working at the Bogue Insurance Agency for C. R. Wonsetler.  A few years later Ben purchased the agency, retiring in 1989.  Ben served on the Wayne County Council for 25 years, retiring in December of 2011 because of ill health.  He was a former member of the Golay Center Board, and the Cambridge City Public Library Board.

He greatly enjoyed playing golf with friends and family.  Ben was a huge supporter of Western Wayne Schools both in athletics and academics.  He served as timekeeper for Lincoln High School footall and basketball teams for more than 25 years.  He mentored Lincoln High School students, and was moderator of the Veterans Day program which is held each year at Lincoln High School.  A life time Methodist, he was a member of the First United Methodist church in Cambridge City, serving the church in many ways.  Ben  loved life, his family, friends and his community.  He cheered for the Golden Eagles, the Colts, Chicago Bears and the Cincinnati Reds.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Jim, John, Jerald, Robert and Roy, his sister, Janet Hersberger Eller, and niece Carol Ann Criss.

Calling will be at the Waskom Funeral Home on Friday, December 21, from 4 to 8 PM and the funeral will be on Saturday, December 22, with calling at 12:00 followed with services at 1:00 PM, which will be conducted by Pastor Adriane Curtis and Father John Luerman.  He will be buried in Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City.

Memorials may be made to the Cambridge City Public Library and the Cambridge City First United Methodist Church.

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Scott Brumfiel
   Posted Thu December 20, 2012
Benny, you will be missed by so many people... but I want you to know how special you were to me and my family(especially Jackson). I will miss talking about the Roosters and the Reds and the Colts or seeing you at an Eagles game. We're praying for you Miss Patty and hope that the love the community will show these next few days will be some comfort and sorry we can't be there to show you in person. You guys are definately 2 of a kind and I am a better person for knowing you both. Wish I could have heard "Great Scott" one more time...

Juanita McQueen
   Posted Thu December 20, 2012
Mrs. Hersberger,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thinking of you and your family.

Wanda Baker
   Posted Thu December 20, 2012
Thinking of you and your family.

Nancy Stanley Martin
   Posted Thu December 20, 2012
Dear Patty,
My brother Larry and I would like to extend our heart felt condolences to you and your family.
Larry and I spoke of Benny's death this morning and we both remembered how nice you always were to us as children.
We will remember you in our prayers.
Nancy Stanley Martin
Larry Stanley

Jim Pass
   Posted Thu December 20, 2012
I'm so sorry to hear about Ben...There has been a few people in my life that have been role models to me ..that I looked up too and that I respected there thoughts and they were really an inspiration to me....Ben was that person...If anybody ever said anything about Ben Hersberger it was good..I never heard anything bad about him...Not only was he a friend ...he was a fatherly figure that Me any many people cared deeply for...You and Ben are truley great Americans...I know Ben is in a better place and I know someday we will meet again...God Bless you Patty ...

Jimmy the Boy

Charlie & Joyce Miller
   Posted Thu December 20, 2012
Patty & Family, We are truly praying for you & your family. We don't need to tell you how much Ben meant to everyone, he never saw a stranger and if he did, he wasn't a stranger for long. Our love goes out to you and your family and may God wrap his arms around you and give you strength.
In Christ,
Joyce & Charlie

Chad Bunger
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012

My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I thought the world of Benny. He was a good man and will be missed.

   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Mrs. Hersberger & family (Emily)- Thinking of you all and sending you my deepest sympathy. I have fond memories at your house when Emily and I were young. God be with all of you.

Love and prayers,

Sharon "Hunt" Miles

Bob Woodward
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Thinking of all you Hersberger's today. Ben was a great guy and a wonderful role model for so many.

Richard Bigler
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Mrs. Hersberger and family,

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Ben was a very special individual who touched many lives, improving them with his kind words and examples. I always enjoyed my encounters with Ben and particularly admired his passion for the Golden Eagles and community.

Ben leaves you and your wonderful family, and the rest of us, with happy, lasting memories.


Rich Bigler

Pam Carpenter Ingalls
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Patty, Jim, Julie, Emily and families, My prayers go out to all of you with the loss of Ben. He was a terrific man and a great person to know. The love he showed to his family, community and our country was great and we are all so blessed by knowing him. He is a true HERO and I will miss seeing him and Patty togehter showing what true love and companionship is. God bless you all and thanks for sharing Ben with me. Love Pam

Vick (Callis) Petry
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012

Sorry to hear of Ben´s passing. He will be greatly missed by everyone.
Thinking and praying for all of you.

Love, Vicki

   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
PATTY, I Never met Ben in person although I did speak with him a couple of times. We were in Korea at the same time. Ben was in CO 'F' and I was in "I' CO 23RD INF REGT. i read about Ben in the newspaper quite often.
He was a good man and I salute him

Linda Fennell
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Patty and Family,
I will miss seeing Ben's smiling face - he was such a wonderful person who always made me smile and feel better about myself. I loved hearing him comment about "Miss Patty" and tell a little joke or two. He was an inspiration to many and will be missed by the entire community. May God bless you all today and in the many days to come when your hearts are heavy. With great love and admiration for Ben and Miss Patty.

Greta Seward
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
A good man...prayers for all of family..peace be with you all.

Jim and Erin Holbert
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Patty and family,
We are both deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Ben was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face at church. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Sam and Sharon (Ames) Lilley
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
My deepest sympathies to all of you. Mr. Hersberger was such a great man and had a very warm smile. He will be missed by all that he's touched in
Cambridge City and in the other communities, I cannot imagine the void you feel in your lives at this time.

Brenda Carroll (Proffitt)
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
My deepest Sympathy to the Hersberger Family. I look so forward to reading Patty & Bens comments in the WWNews. We all have, one more, very special Angel, watching over us. God Bless all.

Sandy Black
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
I was so sorry to hear about Ben's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God bless the Hersberger family in the days ahead. Peace and Love, Sandys

Warren Brattain
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Julie,and family.Thinking of you in this time of loss.

Bill and Sharon Zook
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hersberger family. I'll miss seeing Ben on the golf course or in Lumpy's. He always had a great story to tell and put a smile on our faces every time we were around him. He'll be missed by the entire community. God Bless.

Don Kahle
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Ben will be missed immensely by all who knew him. He always had a big smile for everyone, and he really loved golf. I didn't get to play with him very often, but really enjoyed his company when I did.

Jerry and Phyllis Mattheis
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Dear Patty and family,
We were surprised to see today's headline about Ben.
The whole county is missing a good citizen.
Those we love live in our hearts forever.
We are thinking of you at this sad time.

Cheryl Hatfield Daggy
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
There are so many memories, so many silly stories, and so many laughs that we could all share for hours. I'm truly saddened about Ben's passing but I know he is now entertaining those in heaven. Ben's smile will always be remembered. My prayers are with you all and may God help you all though this really hard time. God Bless you, Hatpatch

Marjorie-Doug Huntsman
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
Pat and all children families, your in my thoughts and prayers for confort these days following of Bens passing a special man, Bill loved to tease him., you get out and watch for those wild animals and think of that fellow beside you. sure wish I could fix you that large bowl of Chillie! and Emily and Doug in the swing choir, I read your article every week and sure hope you continue for all of us, love you dearly, Marj.

Marc and Amy Wolfgang
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
To the Entire Hersberger Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. He was a kind man and will be missed by all.
God Bless,
Marc and Amy Wolfgang and Family

Robert V. Chamness
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
I always enjoyed working with you during the 25 years you served on Wayne County Council. I enjoyed our conversations about family and just about anything related to IU Sports.
You have always been a true gentleman and I will miss you very much!
I pray that God gives Miss Patty and your family peace and understanding during this difficult time.
Rest in Peace my old friend.

Bob Chamness

Bonnie Boyd Kruckenberg
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
Herschberger Family,
Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your husband and father. As everyone knows Ben has so positively touched so many lives in our community. What a great and fun guy! I have many fond memories of Ben and your family as a kid...from the Halloween party in your garage to his warm greetings at the Kiwanis Pancake suppers selling pancackes! With saddness and yet great gratitude that such a wonderful man chose live among us and be such a great advocate for our community. My prayers are with you.

Ron and Jana Erli
   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
Patty and family,
I am sorry to hear of Ben's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

   Posted Sat December 22, 2012
Hersberger family.

We did not have the pleasure to meet Ben in person, But we have the joy of listening to his grandson Chris speak so highly of his memorie and how proud he is of his Grandfather.

Take pleasure in your memories.

Weinberger Family.

   Posted Wed December 26, 2012
I know this is a very difficult time for the family. Something that has always given me comfort is a scripture at Revelation 21:4, it says, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” I sincerely hope this brings you some comfort.