Tillman Merle “Tim” Hershberger was born on March 9, 1930, in Newton, the eighth of 12 children to Amy and Elmer Day Hershberger. He died peacefully on Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2012) at The Arbors Assisted Living Center in Tulsa, Okla.
He grew up on a dairy farm in the Newton area and was the president of his 1948 graduating class at Newton High School.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents; nine siblings; and wife, Phyllis in 1997.
He is survived by his children, Becky and husband, Greg Pugmire, and Phil and wife, Patty Hershberger, all of Sapulpa. He also leaves grandchildren, Angie Pugmire, Amber Schnapp and husband, Tony, Justin Hershberger and wife, Lindsey, and Amy Morgan and husband, Justin; and great-grandchildren, Graham and Griffin Hershberger, and Logan and Lainey Schnapp. He also is survived by two sisters, Elva Mae Dyck of Hesston and Marjorie England of Spokane, Wash.; five sisters-in-law, including Jane Hershberger of Newton; four brothers-in-law; plus many nieces and nephews. He also is survived by long-time companion Juanita Johnson.
Tim was active in the Sapulpa First United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, serving on various boards and councils. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, serving as president in 1974. One of Tim’s greatest contributions to the community was his service on the Sapulpa School Board from 1972 to 1977.
Tim was a life-long Kiwanian, serving as president from 1971 to 1972. He received the Leonard Byron Award in 1970 as outstanding Kiwanian of the Year, was honored as Kiwanis Lay Person of the Year in 2002, and in August 2012 was given a special Kiwanis Lifetime Community Achievement Award in recognition of his decades of service to the Sapulpa community.
He was involved with Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and formation of Creek County Rural Water District No. 2. Tim was recognized in 1994 for his volunteer help with the expansion of the current SHOW facility.
Tim was well known in the community for his generosity and kind heart. He always had a kind word for all he met. His influence was far-reaching. Tim was loved, and he will be missed by many.
A celebration of his life will be this morning (Sept. 22, 2012) at First United Methodist Church, Sapulpa, Okla. Burial will be in Green Hills Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First United Methodist Church, Sapulpa, Okla.