Craig Hershberger, of Deep Gap, the Powder Horn Community, passed away peacefully at home the evening of May 26th.
Craig was an Air Force veteran, having served from 1965-1969 during the Vietnam War. Upon discharge from the service, Craig began a varied career as a master carpenter, buying, remodeling, and reselling classic homes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Craig operated his own aviary, and fostered young birds for the San Francisco Zoo. Craig also found time to pursue his love of motorcycles, banjo playing, and refurbishing cameras and clocks. Throughout his life, Craig loved dogs, often having more than one as companions at any given time, and could be seen on a motorcycle with a schnauzer in a backpack.
After beginning a career in information technology, Craig moved to the Chicago area in the late 70's. He met his wife of 33 years, Maria Jamell, at the Hinsdale train station and they began rehabbing a 19th century farmhouse while Craig worked on security and disaster recovery for Kemper and First Union. In 2000, Craig was transferred to North Carolina where he continued his career in IT.
After moving to the High Country, Craig put his meticulous skills to use working with the Brightwood and Powder Horn communities.
Craig is survived by his loving wife, Maria Jamell, his son, Eric Hershberger, his stepdaughter, Monée Bengtson, his grandsons Jonathan Bengtson and Jayden Hershberger, and his sisters Candace Booth and Carol Dubrinsky.
Services will be conducted at the Powder Horn Chapel at a later date. Memorial Donations may be made to the David Lynch Foundation, healing traumatic stress in veterans through TM.
Online condolences may be shared with the Hershberger at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Hershberger family.