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Henry Wayne Berens

September 3, 1933 September 19, 2020
Henry Wayne Berens
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H. Wayne Berens of Ewing, NJ passed away Saturday, September 19, 2020, surrounded by family. Wayne graduated from Greenwich Central High School in Greenwich, NY, Hope College in Holland, MI, and Rutgers University where he earned his MA in History. Wayne served in the United States Army from 1954-1956 serving at the American (NATO) Headquarters, Heidelberg, Germany in the Quartermaster Technical Intelligence Unit. In 1958 he married Harriet Olson with whom he shared 62 years of marriage and 3 children.

Wayne began his career as a history teacher. While teaching at Ewing High School he began taking small groups on tours of Europe during summer breaks. He then founded Revere Travel which grew over the years as a result of Wayne’s widening reputation among clients and peers as an honest, knowledgeable businessman. Revere Travel grew to become the largest privately-owned travel agency in the State of New Jersey with 22 locations and 350 employees.

In 1992, Wayne was the recipient of The Rosenbluth Award for Travel Agent of the Year by the American Society of Travel Agents at the World Travel Congress in Cairo, Egypt. He was also invited to be a member of many travel industry advisory boards and was frequently asked to testify before congressional committees on behalf of travel businesses. Wayne served on the Austrian tourist Board, the Pan Am Advisory Board, the Holland America Society, Alamo rent a car, and the American Express Representative Advisors Network. He advised the very prestigious Tauck Tours and was also Chairman of the Scheduled Air Services Committee, Mercer County Airport. As a true airline enthusiast Wayne was determined to have a major airline flying from the Mercer County Airport in Trenton. He was successful with US Air and he watched over their flights daily at dawn!! Wayne served one term as President of The Institute of Certified Travel Agents, the accrediting organization for American Travel Agents.

Wayne sold Revere Travel to the travel division of American Express and continued as a Vice President in the travel division located in the World Trade Center in New York City. He implemented employee travel policies and also assisted in special events. Wayne was honored to travel with dignitaries such as Elizabeth Dole, Margaret Thatcher, President George H.W. and Barbara Bush, Colin Powell, and Queen Noor. While at AMEX he became the liaison between the travel division and ARC, the airline reporting corporation in D.C. He remained in that position until he retired in 2004.

Wayne was an active member of the Ewing Presbyterian Church and served several terms as an Elder and Deacon as well as devoting much time to several committees of the church. He was an avid skier and an accomplished woodworker, building beautifully crafted furnishings for his family to cherish. Wayne was a meticulous builder of large model radio-controlled airplanes that he flew as a member of the Washington Crossing Radio Control Flyers Association. His replica of the plane flown by former President George H.W. Bush during WW2 now resides in the museum at the Willow Grove Naval Air Development Station in Horsham, PA.

Wayne is predeceased by The Reverend George and Doris Berens. He is survived by his wife Harriet, daughters Krista Smart, Dr. Mari Berens VMD, Loren Ciccone (Matthew) two grandchildren Julie Marie and Joseph Wayne, sister Evelyn Losee and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 8:30am to 9:30am Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at the Wilson Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Rd., Pennington, NJ 08534.

Graveside services will follow 10:30am at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA. 18940.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ewing Covenant Presbyterian Church, 100 Scotch Rd., Ewing, NJ 08628 or to the 1867 Sanctuary, P.O. Box 7815, Ewing, NJ 08628.

Condolences may be made to www.WilsonApple.com.

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Visitation

Tuesday

29

Sep

8:30 AM 9/29/2020 8:30:00 AM - 9:30 AM 9/29/2020 9:30:00 AM
Wilson-Apple Funeral Home

2560 Pennington Road
Pennington, NJ 08534

Wilson-Apple Funeral Home
2560 Pennington Road Pennington 08534 NJ
United States

Graveside

Tuesday

29

Sep

10:30 AM 9/29/2020 10:30:00 AM
Washington Crossing National Cemetery

830 Highland Ave.
Newtown, PA 18940

Washington Crossing National Cemetery
830 Highland Ave. Newtown 18940 PA
United States

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Washington Crossing National Cemetery Final Resting Place

830 Highland Ave.
Newtown, PA 18940

830 Highland Ave. Newtown 18940 PA
United States
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