Columbiana — Howard Niland Herbkersman, 95, of Columbiana, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2022, at Wickshire-Poland
He was born in Bedford, OH on October 8, 1927, son of the late Howard and Nettie (Goosman) Herbkersman.
Howard was a 1945 graduate of Columbiana High School and 1949 graduate of the Chavez Studio of Magic in Los Angeles. He served in the U.S. Army as part of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Germany after World War ll. For over four decades he cut fabric for furniture for Kenmar Manufacturing of the Ethan Allen Furniture Company in East Palestine. Howard retired in 1989.
A professional magician for 70 years, he performed for hundreds of audiences throughout the region. He was a member of the Youngstown Magic Club and a member of the Order of Merlin from the International Brotherhood of Magicians and Lifetime Member of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians. Several of his magic props are in a permanent exhibit at the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan.
Howard traveled extensively across the U.S. and Europe with family and friends and enjoyed watching magic and music performances.
Howard was a longtime member of the New Waterford United Methodist Church and New Waterford Lions Club.
His loving wife, Sarah Smith Herbkersman, whom he married on July 22, 1950, and his brother, Dean Herbkersman preceded him in death. Cherished memories live on through children, Neil (Beatrice) Herbkersman and June (Douglas) McLaughlin, two granddaughters, four great-grandsons, two great-great granddaughters, beloved niece Barbara Hisey Moore, a great-niece, great-nephew, and sister-in-law, Mary Elisabeth Derdul.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana with Mr. Larry Wirtz officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 am-11:00 am Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the funeral home.
Burial was in New Waterford Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Wickshire-Poland and Crossroads Hospice for their compassionate care.
Donations in his memory may be sent to the New Waterford United Methodist Church, 46925 OH46, New Waterford, OH 44445 or the American Museum of Magic, PO Box 5, Marshall, Ml 49068.
Family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences at www.familycareservices.com
New Waterford United Methodist Church
46925 OH 46, New Waterford OH 44445
American Museum of Magic
P.O. Box 5, Marshall MI 49068