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John Leroy Berg

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John Leroy Berg
August 11,1940- October 10, 2016

John Leroy Berg passed away October 10, 2016 at his home in Park City, Utah, after a five month battle with cancer. He was born August 11, 1940 in Hendricks, MN to Melvin and Anna (Larson) Berg, the oldest of three children.

Growing up on a farm on the prairie, John loved to hunt and fish, which he continued to do all his life. John graduated from Ivanhoe, MN in 1958 and was active in choir, football and 4-H Club. In 1958, John joined the Navy at 17 years of age. After two years of service, his discharge was delayed because of the Bay of Pigs incident. He graduated from Mankato State University in 1964 with degrees in English and Math. John has had a life-long love of reading.

John taught school in Hibbing, MN for 5 years. He taught English and Speech and coached the debate team. John worked with the American Federation of Teachers as a masterful union negotiator and organizer for schools and colleges, traveling to the Philippines for them as an international representative and Chile as silent observer of the elections contra Pinochet retiring after 35 years.

Through John's job, he travelled extensively, which brought him to Wyoming and Utah where he fell in love with the mountains. He lived in Farmington, Utah for several years before building a home on the Bear Creek River near Evanston, WY. He found a loving companion, Jean Tuso, in Park City, Utah, where he became part of Jean's family, especially Chris and Kathy Anderson and their children, Rachel, Matthew, and Sean. Jean and John enjoyed travelling together, Family was important to John. He adored his grandchildren in Utah and MN. He loved skiing in Park City, going to the Farmer's Market, being a member of the Pharaoh's Club at Egyptian, and Deer Valley outdoor concerts.

John is survived by his brother Charles (Dawn) Berg of Owatonna, MN; sister Audrey (Ron) Ochocki of Moorhead, MN; daughter Melanie (Ron) Hilgendorf of Owatonna, MN; son Hunter (Wendy) Berg of Farmington, Utah, Grandchildren Henry and Anna Hilgendorf of Owatonna, MN Zachary and Jared Cooper and Hunter Berg of Farmington Utah; nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is also survived by his Utah family Jean Tuso, Chris and Kathy Anderson, Rachel, Mathew and Sean, and Jean's other four daughters, Ann, (Gene) Baxley of Marietta, GA; Mary (Frank) Moseley of Acworth, GA; Lisa (Dale) Lantz of Dallas, TX, Jody (George) Key of Flowery Branch, GA; and their 14 children and 2 grandchildren, and his beloved 4-legged companion, Fella.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Anna, Grandma Elsie, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

We will miss his contagious laugh. We'll miss his one of a kind (& sometimes dirty) humor. We'll miss his cooking (especially his fettuccine alfredo & homemade pizza). We'll miss hearing his unforgettable experiences over a glass of wine. We'll miss the way he responded "I'm fantastic" anytime someone asked how he was. We'll miss his political banter. We will miss a lot of things about him, but most of all, we'll miss his irreplaceable presence in our lives.

A Celebration of Life was held on Thursday, October 13th at The Jeremy Ranch Golf Clubhouse in Park City, Utah. His ashes will be interned at West Elim Cemetery in Ivanhoe, MN August 2017

Because of his love of reading, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your local library in his name.
Published in The Park Record from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22, 2016
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