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Charles "Mike" Berberich, 92

Friends and relatives are invited to celebrate and share stories in the life of Charles "Mike" Berberich at a memorial service, Hensley Hall at East Side Baptist Church, 11:00am, July 11, 2015 with Rev. Bill Hughes officiating. Mike peacefully passed away at 92 years of age in Atlanta, GA on June 22, 2015 with family members at his bedside.

Mike was born April 3, 1923 to Bertha Putnam and Lewis Berberich in the small Illinois farm community of Bellmont. Born the fourth of five boys, Mike was preceded in death by his brothers: Emmett, Kenneth, Lawrence, and Lafe. His basketball skills were a crucial aspect of his life. His H.S. coach encouraged Mike to attend college at Indiana State, where he met Eileen Dinsmore Hoffman. Education and courting were interrupted in early 1943 when he entered the U. S. Army. The base commander, in Hawaii, recruited him for the Pacific region basketball team.

Returning from the service in late fall of 1945, Mike resumed his education at Indiana State University and married the love of his life, Eileen, on March 10, 1946. He had also gotten to know the Sycamore's Coach John Wooden, which left a lasting impression. In 1948 he received a Master of Science with a double major in mathematics and physical education. These credentials allowed him take a teaching and basketball coaching position at Grant H. S., in Fox Lake, IL. In 1953, Mike and Eileen moved to Waukegan, IL, where they raised four boys, Steve, Stan, Matt and Nathan. Meanwhile, Mike rose in the ranks at Equitable Life Insurance Co. In the mid-1960's, Mike returned to his passion for teaching mathematics at middle school and college level. He retired from Deerfield, IL Public Schools in 1980.

Following his retirement, Mike and Eileen settled down in Mt. Home in 1982. Mike enjoyed anything in the outdoors: most sports, fishing, hunting, and especially riding his prized mules. Eileen died too young on February 28, 1986. Three years later, Doris Bodenhamer came into his life and they were married. Doris became the much loved grandmother to Mike's 15 grandchildren. Doris passed away on Oct. 1, 2010, at which time Mike moved to Atlanta, GA to be near family.

Mike is survived by his four sons and their wives, 15 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren.

Mike was an avid reader. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to:

Baxter County Library Foundation.

300 Library Hill

Mt. Home, AR 72653.

Published in Baxter Bulletin from July 8 to July 10, 2015
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