Dr. Bernard “Bud” Berks, age 88, of Germantown. A devoted family man, friend, doctor, and pilot, he passed away peacefully June 4 at his home surrounded by his family and lifelong friends. Dr. Berks was raised in Farrell, Pa. and was inspired toward a career in medicine by his childhood physician. He graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1958, and proudly completed his residency at Grandview Hospital. Upon graduation, Dr. Berks began his own family practice in Germantown and devoted over 50 years providing old-fashioned care, taking house calls or accepting patients at home as well as his office. Even after retirement, Dr. Berks and his devoted wife and partner of 58 years, Claire, continued to inquire about the lives of each community member they touched — sometimes including multiple generations of families served.
Dr. Berks actively served his community as a member of the Village Council of Germantown and medical advisor to the Germantown Rescue Squad. He was also a member of the Rotary, Masonic Lodge 0257 F&AM, Antioch Temple, and Beth Abraham Synagogue. His lifelong interest in aviation led to his work as an FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner — it would not be unusual to see a helicopter landing behind his office. Dr. Berks spent weekends collecting medical antiques and flying with his grandson, Joshua. His physical absence will be felt deeply, but his traits — compassion, wit, kindness — remain in the memories developed throughout his practice and personal life.
Dr. Berks was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Rose Berks; daughter, Jennifer Lynn Berks; sister, Marcia Solomon; and lifelong friend, Dr. Mel Crouse. Dr. Berks is survived by his wife, Claire; daughter, Stephanie Berks Gordon (Darrell Lewis); son, Jonathan Berks; brother, Michael (Sherry) Berks; lifelong friend, Betty Crouse; sister-in-law, Barbara Mandle; grandchildren, Joshua (Rachel) Gordon, Martin, Madelyn and Megan Berks; many great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins; many friends; and his beloved grandpuppies, Buddy and Mozzie.
Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Germantown Rescue Squad, 79 N. Butter St., Germantown, OH 45327; Crossroads Hospice or the charity of your choice.