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MARTIN RICHARD BERG
Martin Richard Berg, 66, lost his 38-year battle with type one diabetes on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Marty was a wonderful husband, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, "fill-in dad," and valued family friend.
Born November 15, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to Barbara Butner and Francis Edward Berg, Marty grew up in Riverside, IL, and excelled at sports while attending Riverside-Brookfield High School.
He attended the University of Missouri on a football scholarship, joined Sigma Chi Fraternity, and played tight end for Missou Tiger's football team that won the Sugar Bowl in 1965 and the Gator Bowl in 1968. Upon graduation from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1969, he began a career with Southwestern Bell Telephone from which he retired as Vice President of Communications for AT&T.
Marty met the love of his life, Deborah King, in Little Rock, AR, and were married in August 1973. They enjoyed a full life together living in Little Rock, St. Louis, MO, Topeka, KS, and San Antonio, TX. They were sports enthusiasts and shared a love of friends and family, the Texas Hill Country, the arts, gourmet cooking, and gardening.
His many nephews, nieces, grand nieces, friends, and children of friends will remember "Uncle Marty, "or pen name "Bernard Chanticleer," for his silly songs, YouTube productions, over-the-top art, multiple RAGBRAI rides across Iowa, dumb jokes, silly pranks, and Christmas skit productions. Many will remember him as the best of friends and confidants. Others will recall Martin as a journalist and skilled problem solver with his trusty yellow pad list. All of us will remember him for his lifelong struggle to deal with and control the ravages of Juvenile Diabetes. He is free at last of the daily tests, injections, and pump checks.
His parents and his brother, Andrew Butner Berg, preceded Marty in death. His beloved survivors include his wife Deborah; her parents Willa June and George King; her sister Melanie and Tommy Rocha; his sister Melinda and Wayne Rose; nieces and nephews Barbara and James Deborah, Susan and Richard Church, Jason Rose, Joy and Stephen Rose, Andrew Cyril Berg, and Samantha Preston. Marty enjoyed photography, painting, guitar, composing, writing short stories and poetry and one of his greatest joys was his time with his grand nieces and nephews: Hayden, Cade and Lindsay Deborah; Will, Allison, Anne and Charles Church; and, Jameson and Jackson Rose.
MAY 6, 2013
PORTER LORING CHAPEL
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Marty Berg's name may be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2425 Fountainview, Ste 280, Houston, TX 77057.
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Published in Express-News on May 3, 2013