Raymond W. “Bill” Berkey, 86, of Latrobe, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020 in the Loyalhanna Care Center. He was born March 18, 1934 in McChesneytown, a son of the late Raymond M. and Margaret (Kennedy) Berkey.
Bill was a US Army veteran having served during the Korean War and prior to retirement in 1994 he was employed by Teledyne Vasco with 41 years of service. He was a faithful member of the Christ United Church of Christ in Latrobe. Bill was one of the founders of the Latrobe-Derry Area Teener League in 1962, a coach and director for youth basketball in McChesneytown for over 15 years, and a former PIAA Football and Basketball Official. He was a former Scout master for Troop #1 in McChesneytown, and a member of the Thomas B. Anderson American Legion Post 515, the F & AM Loyalhanna Lodge #275, and the Tall Cedars Westmoreland Forest #77.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Emma Jean (Skelly) Berkey, two brothers, Dean and James Berkey, and two stepsons, Kevin and Ronald Hickman. He is survived by a stepson Gary Hickman (Vicki), a step daughter-in-law Kathy Hickman; four step grandchildren: Eric, Adam, and Jebadiah Hickman, and Erin (Tony) Lezama; seven step great grandchildren: Jessie, Sydney, Karsyn, Peyton, and Mason Hickman, and Emma and Teagan Lezama, a niece Susan Kisick (Todd), and three nephews: James Berkey (Carolyn), Raymond Berkey (Lisa), and the Rev. William G. Berkey.
Friends will be received from 1 until 2 PM Friday November 6th in the Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc. 1500 Ligonier Street, Latrobe. Funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 2 PM in the funeral home chapel with his pastor, the Rev. John Cofield officiating. Private interment will follow in Unity Cemetery. Please visit www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com to post an online condolence.