Michael Richard Berdar, 76, of Comfort, Texas, died at 4:22 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Methodist Hospital, San Antonio.
Born Oct. 5, 1942, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Simon and Hettie (Lambert) Berdar.
He was thrice married, first to Layne Trace March 4, 1966, in Hatboro, then to Sandra Brumbaugh, Sept. 22, 1973, in Grove City. Mike and Layne reunited in marriage Jan. 9, 1998, in San Marcos, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years at their home in Comfort, Texas, where they’ve resided since 1998.
A daughter and son-in law, Rebecca Berdar, and husband, Tim Busko, of Huntingdon survive, along with one grandson, Aaron Busko.
His second wife, Sandra Renick, survives in North Carolina.
Mr. Berdar was one of six siblings. He is survived by sister Bernadette Franks and her husband, Jim, of Oil City, brother James Berdar of Kennerdell, and sister Anita Fuchs and her husband, David, of Polk. A number of nieces, nephews and cousins survive.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Simon Berdar Jr., and a sister, Deborah (Berdar) Jolley. He was also preceded by twin sons in infancy.
Until the age of 9, Mike lived with his family in the Hazelwood section of Pittsburgh. In 1951, the family moved to a farm in Venango County. He attended Victory Joint High School, Clintonville.
Mr. Berdar entered service with the United States Navy in August 1961. He trained at Great Lakes, Illinois, and as an aircraft mechanic, he was stationed aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier in the Pacific region. He was honorably discharged in 1966.
Upon his discharge from the Navy, Mr. Berdar went to work as a television repairman for RCA in Philadelphia. Throughout most of the 1970s he worked for the Conair plastics company based in Franklin, and during that time traveled extensively throughout the United States and, on occasion, overseas.
He relocated his family to Bryan, Texas, in 1979 when he accepted a position as a switching technician with GTE. He remained with GTE, later Verizon, until his retirement in 2007. During his 28 years with the telecommunications company, he worked out of offices in Bryan, College Station, Buda, Kyle, Wimberly and Boerne, among others.
Mr. Berdar was long interested in his Hungarian heritage and did extensive research on the Berdar family tree. In what was the trip of lifetime, he accompanied his niece Joanna Fuchs to Budapest, Hungary, and traveled with her to Felsővadász, his grandparents’ home village.
Mr. Berdar had a way with all animals, cats in particular, and had many special four-legged friends over the course of his lifetime.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the fellowship hall chapel at the Barkeyville United Methodist Church, 5420 Pittsburgh Road, Harrisville.
A graveside service will follow in Old Log Cemetery, Barkeyville. Afterwards, family and guests will rejoin at the church for a meal and fellowship.
Contributions in Mr. Berdar’s memory may be made to your local no-kill animal shelter or your favorite veterans organization.