Milton Ray Berkey
April 18, 1941 – July 1, 2019
GILBERT – Milton R. Berkey, 78, peacefully went to be with “his best friend, Jesus” on Monday, July 1, 2019. Funeral services will be Friday, July 19, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. Family will greet guests from 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and for a short time following the service. The processional will leave Caughman-Harman Funeral Home at 11:15 a.m. led by the Patriot Guard Riders. Interment will be at Fort Jackson at 12:00 noon. Milt was a social, fun-loving guy who loved cars, clowning around, parades, car racing and animals. He was especially fond of cats and often befriended and adopted strays. Milt was born 4-18-41 and was raised in a Christian home in Glenshaw, PA, a quiet suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. After high school Milt proudly and honorably served in the Navy on three different submarines from 1960 to 1968. He was especially honored to be on the first Gold Team of the Lewis and Clark Submarine SSBN 644, one of the first ballistic nuclear subs during the Cold War. Following his Navy service he pursued an education degree at California State Teachers College (PA) and began his teaching career in Fox Chapel, PA. Later he taught both drafting and computer aided drafting at Lexington Technology Center in Lexington, SC from 1983 to 2001. Because Milton was very dedicated to helping his students achieve excellence, he was delighted to take several of his high school students to state and national competitions. In addition, his students also participated in the Quiz Bowl. After school, frequently he could be found enjoying a meal at Rush’s while working on lesson plans. In retirement he looked forward to traveling and his time at the Gilbert Senior Center where he had fun being a Bingo caller. Recently Milton was a resident of Colonial Gardens where he received quality care. The family appreciated the dedication of all the staff. Milton is survived by two sisters, Paula Berkey of Columbia, SC and Kathy Moser (Tom) of Lyons, NY; a nephew, Matthew Moser (Melissa) of Baltimore, MD and a niece, Martha Young (Matt) of Clifton Springs, NY. Milton also had one great-niece, Amelia, and four great-nephews, Maddox, Mason, Miles, and Bennett. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse for “Heal Our Patriots” which is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. The address is: PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
"Heal Our Patriots" PO Box 3000 , Boone, North Carolina 28607
- Visitation Friday, July 19, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, July 19, 2019
- Brief visitation will follow service Friday, July 19, 2019
- Burial Friday, July 19, 2019
Milton Ray Berkey
July 15, 2019
So long Milt- I enjoyed knowing you at the technology school and learning you were a hot rod racer in your real life- and a submariner, not a sub-mare-in-er as the Brits say; somewhat less than a sailor! I'll always remember you mowing your lawn wearing your anti gnat hat, and your sense of humor that extended to all things. I'm glad you had some time to enjoy your retirement.
See you soon!
July 10, 2019
To Robert Sharpe:
Thank you so much for the wonderful review you gave of my brother's service in US Navy Submarine Service. I am the "baby sister", 10 years younger than Milton, but we always had wonderful, fun interaction. He "permitted me" to work on one of his Demolition Derby cars, knocking out all the glass. I had a great time standing on top of the car with a sledge, swinging away. Since the car was parked at the Esso Gas Station that was his sponsor, I think I drew in some business with my "class act demo". Needless to say, I was the "wild child" of the family, and enjoyed every mo ment I could get to prove it. When the "hippie" style clothing came into popularity, I was digging thru his dresser drawers looking for those wonderful bell bottom pants. The real treat was the Wools with 13 buttons. And then my dad, who thought his white hats were grimy, decided to soak them in bleach while Milton was home on leave. Daddy also forgot to check on the hats, so all he had left were strings and shreds of former Navy hats. He had to give Milton money to buy all new ones.....nothing was left. Did you get to share in on the letters Mama and I would create for those 3 months you all were under the deep blue? We had a crazy time getting them ready. We created some wild stories of what was going on at home while he was gone. Mama and I were both Art Teachers and "creative thinkers" so exaggeration and bizarre behaviors were our forte. The one mission out that we missed getting a box ready was a not so fun time,Milton said. Sorry about that. If you are able to attend the funeral on July 19 at 10:00am I would love to meet you. Baby sis, Kathy
July 9, 2019
I considered Milt a close friend. I substituted for him many many times when he was a teacher at Lexington Technology Center. Very sad to hear of his death.
July 8, 2019
Milt Berkey was a close friend and shipmate. Milt joined the Navy in 1959 and mustered out as an RM2 (SS) in 1968. He reported onboard the USS Lewis and Clark (SSBN-644) pre-com unit, Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company.
Milt was part of the commissioning crew (Plank Owner) in December 1965. He then went on to make four Polaris Deterrent patrols. He was discharged from the Navy in January 1968.
Milt was a member of the United States Submarine Veterans, Incorporated – Palmetto base in Lexington, SC. In 2012 he was inducted into USSVI’s Holland Club for being ‘Qualified in Submarine for 50 or more years.
When I met up with Milt in pre-com we were both 3rd Class Petty Officers. We were assigned to a lot of the same shipboard working parties and became friends. We requalified 640 class submarine and got our 2nd class crows tacked on together. We both shared a love for Ford’s new Mustangs. Milt was driving a a 1965 coupe nicknamed ‘Moon-Tang’. The name was given to the car by his 2-3 year old niece for her version of the word mustang. He had it painted on the front fenders just behind the headlight so everyone would see it. At the same time I was running a ’66 2+2 Fastback. Needless to say we did burn up a lot of pavement on the Hampton Roads peninsula and of course in our home port Charleston, SC.
We managed to keep in touch through the years and recently kept in touch via Facebook. But after receiving orders from our Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Milt has departed on his Eternal Patrol. He is now underway, enjoying the warm breezes and calm seas while they safely navigate the seas of eternity. Those of you that don’t wear the Submarine Warfare pin, ‘Dolphins’, you will never understand the true bond between us. But for me he will never die, for he is on an Eternal Patrol
To his family and friends, I offer my sincere condolences and prayers.