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Bruce Eagle Eyler

Jan 13, 2014

Bruce Eagle Eyler entered the church triumphant on Jan. 6, 2014, at his home, Eaglehurst, surrounded by family.

He was born on Aug. 7, 1937, in Winchester, Va., and was the son of the late Ira Ethan and Mary Bruce Eagle Eyler.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Harriett (Hammann); daughter, Katharine Eyler Chapman (James) and grandchildren, Chaplain Frances Elizabeth Chapman and Jonathan Bruce Chapman; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Day (David), both of Martinsburg; and Bruce Philip Eyler (Rebekah) and grandchildren, Philip Samuel Eyler and Henry Cole Eyler, of Falling Waters; and half brother, George Ailes Eyler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin, Ira Ethan Eyler.

Mr. Eyler was an alumni of Martinsburg High School, class of 1955 and earned an Associates degree in Business from Shepherd College.

He was owner and operator of Cumberland Valley Orchards for 37 years.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church for 53 years, where he served on church council and the property committee.

He attained the 33rd Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He served as president of the Martinsburg Kiwanis Club and the Exhausted Roosters, and was a member of the board of directors of the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival for 20 years.

He was a devoted husband and father and enjoyed his beloved dog, Lyric, as well as hobby gardening and extending hospitality to friends.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Martinsburg, with the Rev. James Riley Jr. officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Berkeley County Humane Society or St. John’s Lutheran Church.