PEORIA - Israel Berman, 83, of Peoria, Ill., passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist.
He was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Harry and Jennie (Gelman) Berman.
Israel served in the United States Air Force and retired after 20 years of service. During his time in the Air Force and after he retired, he went to college and obtained multiple degrees, including his Master's Degree in History.
Israel later worked for District 150 as a special education teacher. He taught high school students at Peoria Youth Farm and Guardian Angel school.
Israel's hobbies included traveling with his wife across the United States and Europe, cooking, science fiction novels, woodworking and spending time with his family and friends. During his time in Japan, Israel took up the sport of Judo. He would eventually earn his fourth-degree black belt and would become a national certified referee. This certification allowed him to referee in the Pan-Am Games.
Israel was a member of Congregation Anshai Emeth in Peoria, Ill.
Israel was loving and devoted to family and friends.
Surviving are his wife, Arlene (Adler) Berman of Peoria, Ill.; children, Leonard (Robin) Berman of Albuquerque, N.M., Norman Berman of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Sarah (Patrick) Stewart of Peoria, Ill.; grandchildren, Pleas, Emily, Julia and Jack; great-grandson, Kayde; and his brother, Bob (Barbara) Berman of Roslyn, Pa.
Israel was preceded in death by sons, Kenneth and Joseph Berman; daughter, June Berman; and his sister, Judy Goldman.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.Davison-Fulton.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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