Bernard Eugene Hinish, 78, Curryville, passed away Monday afternoon at Homewood at Martinsburg.
He was born in Curryville, son of the late Wilmer E. and Martha R. (Rhodes) Hinish. He married LouAnna Shirk on April 23, 1956, in Curryville.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years; two daughters: Kimberly Frederick and husband, David, and Wendy Guyer and husband, Jay, all of rural Martinsburg; a son, Neil and wife, Cindy, of rural Roaring Spring; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers: Joseph A. and Dean S., both of Martinsburg.
He was preceded in death by a brother, W. Wayne.
Bernard was a 1953 graduate of Morrison Cove High School, Martinsburg. He was a well-known fruit grower and was the founder of Hinish Orchard and Hinish Farm Market near Ore Hill, Taylor Township. He was also formerly employed as a milk inspector for Sealtest, Eastern and Lehigh Valley milk cooperatives.
He was a lifelong member of Curryville Church of the Brethren, where he formerly served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher and was a member of the stewardship committee. He served as past president of the Appalachian Fruit Growers' Association, served on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and was a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. He was the 1993 recipient of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce ACE (Agricultural Community Excellence) Award.
Bernard was a charter member of Iron Masters Country Club, rural Roaring Spring. He formerly played baseball and pitched in both the Blair County Twilight and Hollidaysburg Legion Park baseball leagues. He also pitched for one season with a Baltimore Orioles minor league team. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially at his camp in Potter County. In addition to his wife, his family and his faith, growing apples was his life's passion.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, July 23, 2014, at Curryville Church of the Brethren, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, Pastors David R. Stiles and Richard Harter officiating. Interment will follow at Diehl's Crossroads Church Cemetery, rural Martinsburg.
The family prefers that memorial contributions be given to the Zack Hinish Foundation, Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, 1330 11th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.
Arrangements are by John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.