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David J. Park, 88, of Brecknock Township, passed away on Tuesday May 9, 2023 from complications due to Alzheimer's and after a short stay at Complete Care Berkshire.
He was married to Shirley A. (Stauffer) Park for 67 years. Born in Cumru Township, he was the son of the late John S. Park and Emma E. (Craley) Park.
After graduating from the former Mohnton High School in 1952 he joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War. He was employed by Bethlehem Steel at the former Grace Mine in Morgantown, PA before leaving to become Manager of the former Applegate’s/Reading Harley-Davidson and Triumph motorcycle dealership. Dave subsequently returned to the mining industry as an inspector for the U.S. Department of Labor/Mine Safety and Health Administration in Albany, NY and Denver CO. He rose to the position of Western District Manager in Vacaville, CA and eventually to Chief, Division of Safety and Accident Investigation Program Manager in the Arlington, VA National Office. He was also the Chief Official for numerous National and International Mine Rescue Competitions. Upon retirement, Dave returned to his love of motorcycles, working and volunteering at Classic Harley-Davidson and was involved in the Berks County Harley Owners Group (HOG) holding numerous positions including Director. He took many long distance motorcycle trips over the years including crossing the country in 1969 and again in 2008 at the age of 73 and rode until the age of 84,
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Bret A. Park of Daytona Beach Shores, FL; a daughter Kelly A. Park of Brecknock; sisters Marion Romig of Birdsboro; Lois Tasiopoulos of Sinking Springs and Donna Light of Lancaster. He was predeceased by sister, Emogene Kramer. Dave is also survived by several generations of nieces, nephews and cousins on both sides of the family. Funeral Services and a Celebration of Life will be held in the future.