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HERSHEY, David Robert

HERSHEY - David Robert, Sr. Age 83, of Savannah, GA passed on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at The Oaks on Skidaway Island. Mr. Hershey was born on June 18, 1931 in Buffalo, NY to the late Frank Stone Hershey and Marjorie Long Hershey. He attended Nichols School of Buffalo, The Governor's Academy of Byfield, MA, and Cornell University (where he got the nickname Moose). He joined the Army and served in Colorado Springs where he was joined by his late wife and companion Barbara Hitchcock Hershey before settling in Buffalo, NY. Mr. Hershey worked for Marine Midland Bank and NY Life Insurance before becoming co-owner of IDSI Products. In 1977 he moved his company and family to Savannah. Mr. Hershey was an avid yachtsman and tennis player. He was a past member of the Kennels Yacht Club, the Buffalo Canoe Club, The Buffalo Yacht Club, The Savannah Golf Club, The Savannah First City Club, The Rotary Club of Savannah, the Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, and The Savannah Yacht Club. He is survived by his two sons Peter M. Hershey, Sr. and wife Margarette of Savannah; David (Skip) R. Hershey, Jr. and wife Sharon of Spring Hill, FL; daughter, Susan H. Smith and husband Leo of Brentwood, TN; our grandchildren Peter (Cord) M. Hershey, Jr., Bridget Heiterer Hershey, Theodore Knox Hershey and Meghan O'Connell Smith; two step children Matthew Robert Gunn and wife Jessica of Cleveland, OH; Heyward Gunn Kreutzer and husband Justin of Coram, NY; three step grandchildren, Ava Natalie Kreutzer, Avery Gunn Kreutzer, and Preston Matthew Gunn. Mr. Hershey was preceded in death by his brother Donald Long Hershey and wife Brenda Hey-ward Gunn Hershey. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 6, at Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers please make donations in memory of David Hershey to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416 or to Alzheimer's Research, 201 Television Cir., Savannah, GA 31406. Please sign our on-line guest book at

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