Bernard James "Bud" Berkebile

1922 - 2019

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Bernard James "Bud" Berkebile, 97, of Findlay passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at The Heritage, surrounded by his loving family. Bud was born on January 29, 1922 in Johnstown, PA to the late Harold C. and Margaret J. (Hughes) Berkebile. On December 16, 1978, Bud married Mary L. Cramer in Hollywood, CA and she survives. He is also survived by his son and daughter from a previous marriage: Lynn B. Berkebile and Sherri A. DeWolf, both of Idaho; and a niece, Barbara. He is also survived by 17 nieces and nephews, 37 great-nieces and nephews, and 37 great-great-nieces and nephews. Bud was preceded in death by two brothers: Edward and Harold Berkebile; and three sisters: Mary J. Resley, Dorothy J. Fornes, and Margaret M. O'Donnell. Bud graduated from Johnstown Catholic High School. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during WWII, taking part in the D-Day Invasion of the European theater, where he received the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge. Bud also received the Legion of Honor Medal and because of this, he is called Sir Bud by the French. After leaving the Army, Bud served as the Fire Chief in Johnstown, PA for 25 years before moving to California, where he was a Postal Carrier for several years before retiring in 1985. Bud enjoyed watching TV and loved football. His favorite teams were the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan State. Visitation for Bud will be held from 3:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, and for one hour (12:30-1:30pm) prior to the service. A funeral service will begin at 1:30pm on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Gordon Dickson, David Quick, and Rev. Steven Merrin officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, where full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad. Memorial contributions can be made to Calvary Baptist Church. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Wednesday, October 2nd 2019 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Thursday, October 3rd 2019 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Thursday, October 3rd 2019 - 1:30 PM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Mary
Date :Tuesday, October 1st 2019
From : Phyllis Rettig
Mary, I am so sorry to hear about Bud passing. The two of you hold a very special place in my heart. We had a lot of good talks over the years. You and your family are in my prayers.

To : Mary Berkebile and The Family of Bud Berkebile
Date :Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
From : Isaac Daniel Sokol
To Mary and the Family to. May I say that I am not sorry that THE LORD SAID COME HOME, HOME, BUD, but I do want you to know, that I do care much about your family and you to Mary, to say, I'll be thinking and will be there for you all, when you need sometime to sit and think about your husband. May Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, satisfy your longing for Heaven's Shore, with His And His Only True Love.

In Christ's Love for all mankind,

Isaac Daniel Sokol

To : Mary L Cramer Berkebile
Date :Friday, December 13th 2019
From : Patricia F Carty
Aunt Mary,
Although we have never met I wanted you to know that I was so sorry to hear my Uncle Buddy passed away. He and his sister Mary Resley were also my Godparents. I am the daughter of Dorothy B.Fornes. My sister Carolyn Taylor passed away 8/6/18. He lived a good long life. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

God Bless