James P. Herberger

Birth Date: 
Friday, July 17, 1936
Date of Passing: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

James P. Herberger, 81, of Wooster died Saturday, September 30, 2017 at his home.

He was born July 17, 1936 in Cleveland to Robert Michael and Margaret Cavanaugh Herberger.  On September 16, 1961 he married Judy Hughes.  She preceded him in death in 2008.

James had worked as a Weed Science Technical Development Officer with I.C.I Americas. His focus was working in Plant Protection and Agricultural Development.  Along with his wife, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps under the Kennedy Administration helping the citizens of Bolivia with their agricultural development.  While he was studying Entomology at Ohio State University, he invented a bee venom extractor to help doctors working in the field of immunization.  While studying at University of Wisconsin James began writing the first of a series of three scientific books called The World’s Worst Weeds.  His last years of working were spent at Boy’s Village as a night guardsman. He also taught them how to play chess.

James was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  He was a known and loved card player with his friends at the Apple Creek American Legion.  He was also known as “Blueberry” and since 1980 he helped his twin daughters run their Bluebird Blueberry Farm at his home.

James is survived by his son Robert (Michele) Herberger of Libertyville, IL, his twin daughters Tara Herberger of Wooster and Julie (Helmut) Herberger-Dittrich of Fellbach, Germany; 6 grandchildren; a brother John (Carole) Herberger of Lakewood and a sister Mary (Chuck) Kelly-Merrill of Columbus.

A Remembrance Reception will be held on Saturday October 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the Herberger home in their Black Walnut Grove.

There will be no calling hours.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Life Care Hospice at 1900 Akron Road Wooster, OH 44691. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com

Memorial Contributions: 

Life Care Hospice at 1900 Akron Road Wooster, OH 44691

Service: 

A Remembrance Reception will be held on Saturday October 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the Herberger home in their Black Walnut Grove.

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Love and prayers to the Herberger family.

Our love and prayers to the Herberger family.

Jim was agreat storyteller and had many adventures to share. We were lucky to spend time with him, Judy and the family. Our hearts are full for the Herberger Family. I
will never eat a blueberry without thinking of him and the family!

Jim was agreat storyteller and had many adventures to share. We were lucky to spend time with him, Judy and the family. Our hearts are full for the Herberger Family. I
will never eat a blueberry without thinking of him and the family!

Jimmy was my hero when we played together on our
Grandfather’s farm in Mantua Ohio. He looked so intelligent with his
Big glasses and he knew how to boggie like Elvis. What a cool
teenager in the 50’s. Miss your storytelling, Jim.
Love and hugs for my twin cousins. Love life as your Dad
did.

Our condolences to the family of "Blueberry King".
He will deeply missed by all of his friends.

Jim was such a great guy and a lot of fun. We loved his humor and his blueberries. He will be sadly missed by us.

With Love,

Tullio & Chris

First time I met Jim, I knew he is genuine and truly cares. Going to miss you dealing your game “Blueberry”, and I always asking you before the flop? You would just shake your head no with that grin and say, no, after the flop. Until we meet again my friend, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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