Roger Dale Berg
Funeral services for Roger Dale Berg, age 71 of Lake Metigoshe, were held on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Craig Jennings. Linda Redding was the pianist. Special music was provided by Barb Henry and Becky Hill. Casketbearers were Rob Volk, Warren Volk, Sarah Jane Volk, Amy Schmidt, Craig Opstedal and Larry Shjerve. Honorary casket bearers were Richard Foster, Richard Gross, Gary Haman, Ronnald Johnson, Vernon Opstedal, George Volk, Delwin Weber, Ronald Brossart of Washington and Everett Kintigh, Keith Sianecz, Donnie Tonn, Gerald Monroe and Adam Shedd all of Colorado. Burial was at the Persilla Watts Cemetery in Rugby.
Roger Dale Berg, the son of Thomas and Myrtle (Bryntesen) Berg, was born on December 9, 1941 in Rugby, North Dakota. Roger was raised on the family farm, homesteaded by his grandmother some 125 years ago, in Rolette County and he graduated from Dakota Lutheran Academy in 1959 in Minot. While residing in North Dakota he was a member of and confirmed at the Ox Creek Lutheran Church, Rolette; he was also a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby; Lake Metigoshe Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau. On September 20, 1965 (48 years ago), he was united in marriage to Adeline (Addie) Marie Volk at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, North Dakota. Following their marriage, the couple made their home, farmed, and started their family on the Berg Family Farm located within Rolette and Pierce counties until 1970. In 1970, the family moved to Glendale, Arizona. Roger was employed by Western Electric Company for 6 years, and in 1976 Roger returned to North Dakota to pursue to his dream career – “farming in God’s Country” (the Berg homesteaded land). He, along with his family, enjoyed the best of two worlds the farming season in North Dakota; and urban living during off seasons. From 1976 to 1983, they made their home near Englewood, Colorado and in 1983 the family moved to Hampton, New Jersey. Throughout these years, Roger continued his farming career and was also engaged in a part-time career in the retail business for 23 years. In 1999 he retired from farming, and in 2004 he returned with his wife to build their dream home and enjoy full retirement at Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau, North Dakota.
A sweet and gentle spirit, Roger was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. Through his actions and words he used the gifts he received from the Lord enabling him to acquire and maintain many strong and true friends. He passed on the love he was given to all those whose lives he touched. To his wife, he was, and forever will be, the “wind beneath her wings” providing needed physical, emotional and spiritual strength to pursue her dreams. His sons, their wives and children, were the light of his life. He established and maintained many strong and true friendships. Roger enjoyed golfing, water and snow skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, traveling, easy listening music and cooking. He was an avid reader, wonderful listener and had great wisdom.
He returned home to Our Lord at the young age of 71, after a courageous two-year battle with brain cancer, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at his home at Lake Metigoshe surrounded by his wife and family.
Roger is survived by his wife, Addie (Adeline), two sons, Randy Lee (Holly) of Parker, Colorado and Steven Dale (Jennifer) of Hampton, New Jersey; grandchildren, Matthew Wayne (18) and Zachary Steven(14), and Sarah Frances (11) Berg; brother, Rodney Berg, and sisters, Lois (Richard) Volk and Mary Lou (Richard) Wangler; Aunt, Luella (Bryntesen) Shjerve all of Rugby, North Dakota, nephews, nieces; other relatives and many friends.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald E Berg; and sister-in-law Jeanne Berg.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net. In lieu of flowers, donations to Brains Together For a Cure in memory of Roger would be preferred.
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