Bruce W. Myers, 87, Korea vet, Chipso the Clown, magician, watchmaker, avid volunteer

By on April 12, 2017

Bruce W. Myers of West Hanover Township, formerly of Mount Gretna and Manheim, died on April 6, while at Carolyn’s House Hospice Center on Linglestown Road. Born in Lititz on March 7, 1930, he was 87 years old.

During the Korean War, he served in the United States Air Force. After being discharged in 1955, he graduated from Bowman Watchmaking School where he learned to become an expert at watchmaking and watch repair.

Bruce was also known as Chipso the Clown and magician. He worked throughout central Pennsylvania, and performed hundreds of shows at Hersheypark.

Bruce retired as a watch repairman some years ago, but he continued to work at various jobs for most of his later life. He worked at the Penn State Hershey Medical School as a standardized patient. He worked at Chocolate World; and also, for several years, led Segway tours at Hotel Hershey. Volunteering was a big part of his life, driving for the American Cancer Society, volunteering at Hershey Theatre, and delivering Meals on Wheels.

Bruce leaves behind many who love and care for him including his wife: Patricia; daughter: Cheryl Diem (Kerry) of Mount Joy; son: Craig (Janet) of Manheim; grandchildren: Justin Schmidt, Julie Schmidt, and Matthew Myers; stepchildren: Laura Heemer, Laynie Price, Clif Overby, and Katy Denny; step-grandchildren: Gillian and Avery Price, Max and C.J. Overby, Jackson Denny, and Joe Heemer; and his sisters: Lois Shank of Southern Shores, N.C.; and Doris Ellinger of Davenport, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his first wife: Betty Jane Myers. Also preceding him in death were his parents: Roy G. Myers and Beulah Sturgis Myers, both of Manheim.

There will be a remembrance of his wonderful life at the Historical Society in Hummelstown, 32 W. Main St., on April 29, from 2 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be presented in his name to Carolyn’s House, Hospice of Central PA, at hospiceofcentralpa.org/hospice_residence.php.

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