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In Memoriam: Lance L. Hamberger (Oct. 10, 1952 – April 20, 2023)

Lance Hamberger

He was born Oct. 10, 1952, in Elmira, New York to Irving and Margaret Hamberger. He was the third oldest of seven children. The family moved from New York to Maryland and then to Arizona in 1960. Lance grew up in Vail then Sunizona and Elfrida areas. He graduated from Valley Union High School in 1970. He then attended Cochise College and received an associate degree.

In 1975 Lance moved to Oregon, he held other miscellaneous jobs until starting in the construction trade of manufactured home industry. Later he worked in various remodeling and construction trades. Eventually he started his own business, specializing in home repair and remodel. He could repair almost anything, no matter how difficult.

He married Bernadette Sichley in 1982 and they were blessed with a son two years later. His greatest Joy was spending time with family, seeing the grandkids and going to their music and sporting events and helping his son with remolding projects on their home. Lance enjoyed reading a good book which also included the Bible. He highlighted passages that had special meaning to him or gave him peace. He had a love for the Arizona Mountains and also sports, especially football and remained a faithful Arizona Wildcats fan. He was baptized of the Christian Faith and was a member of both St. Mary’s Parish and Mid Valley Community Church. Lance’s wit and sense of humor warmed the hearts of many. He was always charitable to those in need. He was loved much, and we’ll miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by parents, Irving & Margaret Hamberger; brother, Jonathan G. Hamberger; and brother-in-law, Howard Rader. He is survived by spouse, Bernadette Hamberger; son, Jonathan N. (Kristin) Hamberger; grandchildren, Brookelynn, Brynn and JoAnna Hamberger; sisters, Sarah Rader and Susan Hamberger; brothers, David (Dina) Hamberger, Donald Hamberger, Bruce (Diana) Hamberger and families.

A graveside service was held May 2 at Calvary Cemetery in Mount Angel. A memorial service took place on May 3 at Mid-Valley Community Church in Woodburn.

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