Bernard T. Stine Sr, 88, of Tremont, passed away Thursday evening at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
Born in Zerbe Newtown, Pa. he was a son of the late John F. and Mary Ellen Ritter Stine.
He was a 1949 graduate off the former Reilly Twp High School. After high school he made several Legion Baseball All-Star teams. He also played fast pitch softball for several local teams. He was also inducted into the Allen-Rogawicz Sports hall of fame for baseball and Basketball while at Reilly Twp High school. He performed carpenter work prior to entering the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955. He was a member of Most Blessed trinity Church, Tremont. He was a former member of the Tremont Lion’s Club. He was a member of the Newtown Gun Club, the Tremont Fire Co., the Tremont Senior Citizens and the Pine Grove Legion.
During his time in the Air Force, he served in France and Germany where he processed incoming and outgoing personnel prior to their final assignment. In 1953 he played fast pitch softball with the Chateauroux AFB all-star team and won the Europeon Championship and the played in the Air Force Worldwide games in Amarillo Texas. After his time in the Air Force he worked at the Pine Grove tannery, the Lebanon Foundry and ALCOA prior to entering Federal Civil Service. He repaired aircraft insuments at Middletown AFB for 7.5 years and then transferred to the Defense Contracting Administration Services 9DCAS) in Philadelphia. He was assigned to Quality Assurance and was stationed at RCA Camden, N.J. for 7.5 years. At RCA he inspected NASA equipment to include the Command Module, LEM, astronaut backpacks, and the Lunar Communication Relay Unit for the Rover Vehicle which was used on the moon. In 1974 he transferred to DCAS Reading, pa. as an Industrial Specialist that performed pre-award surveys on potential incoming contractors. He personally performed the survey for 99,000 postal trucks valued at $1.2 for the U.S. Postal Service. He retired in 1991 with 32 years of federal Service.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death in 1997 by his wife, the former Margaret A. McCoach; a sister Mary Renninger and 2 brothers William and Vincent Stine.
He is survived by 3 sons, Thomas and his wife Penny, Wisconisco, Bernard Jr., Tremont and Patrick and his wife Kelly, Donaldson; 5 grandchildren, Aaron and his wife Terri, Jason and his wife Shannon, Kelsey, Kamryn and Kenley; 5 great grandchildren, Jackson, Abigail, Cassidy, Hunter and Kennedie; nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Most Blessed Trinity Church at 10:30AM Wednesday morning. Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday morning from 8AM to 10AM at the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville. Interment will be in Most Blessed Trinity Cemetery, Tremont.
The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Bernard either St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, Tn. 38105 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Ks. 66675. Contributions will also be accepted at the funeral home. Arrangements are by the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, Minersville. To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in Bernard’s memory, visit us at www.donaldjbutlerfh.com
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675