Ronald P. Bergey, 78, a New Wilmington resident since 1962, passed away the evening of Sept. 8, 2017, at Avalon Nursing Center following a short illness.
Born Oct. 12, 1938, in Souderton Pa., Ron was a son of Llewellyn D. and Leila (Price) Bergey and the oldest of four children.
After his 1956 graduation from Souderton High School, Ron attended Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., where he received a B.S. in economics in 1960. Ron continued his education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., where he received a master's of business administration in 1962. Ron became a Certified Public Accountant in 1969.
For 42 years, Ronald was employed as a professor of accounting at Westminster College until his retirement in 2004. He received the distinguished faculty award in 2004 from Westminster and was recognized by the board of trustees as professor of accounting emeritus for his distinguished career upon his retirement.
Ronald also maintained a private accounting practice until 2017, served as a former First Federal Savings and Loan Association board member for many years, and held a lifetime membership with the PICPA.
Ronald was a member of New Wilmington United Methodist Church since 1963 and volunteered his financial management skills to the church and other local nonprofits over his lifetime.
After moving to western Pennsylvania, Ron was a dedicated Pittsburgh Pirates fan, always keeping up to date with scores, statistics and players.
Some of Ron's favorite pastimes include driving around the local area several times a day to make sure all was well and giving his out-of-town guests motor tours in his car of the surrounding communities. However, Ron's greatest joy in life was to spend time with his grandchildren and children, whom he loved dearly.
Ron is survived by his spouse of 57 years, Nancy H. Bergey. Together they had the joy of raising two children, a son, Ronald Steven Bergey (Patricia Shea) of Chapel Hill, N.C., and a daughter, Rhonda Bergey (Gary Jeffress) of Corpus Christi, Texas. The four other greatest joys in his life included his grandchildren: Laura Jeffress of Sydney, Australia; Katherine Jeffress of Corpus Christi; and Colin Bergey and Camden Bergey, both of Chapel Hill. Other survivors include: two brothers, Sanford Bergey (Mary Lou) of Pennsburg, Pa., and Dennis Bergey (Sara Lynn) of Telford, Pa.; and a sister, Brenda Yothers (Abraham) of Telford.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Ron Bergey Scholarship Fund at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA 16142; the Juniata College Scholarship Fund, 1700 Moore St., Huntingdon, PA 16652; or a charity of the donor's choice.
Ronald P., 78, of New Wilmington.
Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday (9-14-17) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, New Wilmington.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Friday (9-15-17) in Westminster College Chapel, with Rev. Lisa Hickman officiating.
Published on September 10, 2017