George Ferdinand John Heimberger
George Ferdinand John Heimberger, 86, died October 23, 2012, in Lexington, N.C. He was the husband of Shirley Ann Hoffman Heimberger. They were married for 55 years. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of George Ludwig Heimberger and "Phoebe" (Phillipine) Katharina Welz Heimberger.
He was a member of the U.S. Army during World War II, serving from 1944 to 1946, and earning the rank of sergeant. Following his discharge, he attended the Drexel Institute of Technology, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1951. He earned a master's degree in that field from Lehigh University in 1956.
Early in his career he worked for a bridge design firm and then joined Bethlehem Steel's mining department as a structural engineer in 1957. He became chief structural engineer in 1966 and assistant chief engineer in 1973. During his time at the Steel, he traveled to six continents, spending significant time in Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Sierra Leone, and China.
He was a licensed engineer in Pa., Ky. and W.Va.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Mark A. of Lexington, N.C., and David L. of Pottstown; two granddaughters, Kristie and Kaylee; Michelle Ward, whom he thought of as a granddaughter; two nieces, Jackie Wilson of Salisbury, N.C. and Judy Hoffman of St. Petersburg, Fla.; nephew, Barry Williams of Slatington.
Contributions may be made to Helping Hands in Bechtelsville, or Ken Crest Centers, Plymouth Meeting.
Arrangements were made by the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus and the Davidson Funeral Home, Lexington, N.C.