David A. Hershbell, a National Steeplechase Association senior steward who held positions at many NSA race meets, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the age of 72.
He and his wife, Charlene, resided in the Allentown, Pa., area, and Dave Hershbell was sales and marketing manager for Lehigh Heavy Forge, which is based in Bethlehem. Before that opportunity arose approximately five years ago, he was vice president of marketing for Lenape Forged Products Corp. in West Chester, Pa., where he had worked for more than 30 years.
Hershbell said recently that his only regret about taking the Lehigh Heavy Forge position was that he and Charlene had to move from their farm in West Grove, Pa. Active with horses throughout his time in Pennsylvania, he attended stewards school and became an accredited steward in 2002. For several years, he had been the presiding steward at the Genesee Valley Hunt Races.
Charlene Hershbell also was a race official in varying capacities, and she and her husband supported the Winterthur pony races, which are named in memory of their daughter, Allison, a retired flat jockey who died in 2007. They also have a son, Scott.
Funeral services are pending.