Ronald A. Berg
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The Lord called Ron home on April 20, 2011 at the age of 64. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald A. and Helen V. (Carlson) Berg. Ronald Arden Berg was born on March 22, 1947 in Minneapolis. After graduating from Patrick Henry High School in 1965, he received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Augsburg College in 1969, followed by a Masters' Degree from the University of Minnesota in 1987. Ron began his school teaching career as a choir and band director in Glenwood City, WI in 1969, and served in the US Army from 1971-1973 with the 399th Army Band in Fort Leonard Wood, MO, followed by duty with the 32nd Army Air Defense Command Band in Kaiserslautern, Germany. On January 1, 1977, Ron wed Carole Anderson of Karlstad, MN, at First Covenant Church in Minneapolis. Three children were born to this marriage. Ron enjoyed a 38 year career as a band director and school administrator in Glenwood City, Clayton, Barron and Somerset, Wisconsin. Raised by his family to use his music talents for the Lord, Ron served throughout his life as a choir director and keyboardist for worship at Redeemer Covenant (Brooklyn Park, MN), First Covenant (Mpls, MN), Reeve Ev. Free Church (Reeve WI), and Maranatha Ev. Free Church (Rice Lake, WI) as career change locations gave opportunity. At the time of his passing, he was the Director of Instrumental Ensembles at the North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills, MN. He is survived by his daughter, Kirsten (Michael) Poggen-klass of Cedar Rapids, IA, son Bjorn (Stephanie) Berg of Oak Park, IL, son Reid Berg of St. Paul, three grandchildren, one brother, David (Linda) Berg of Minneapolis, sisters Bonnie (Cliff) Eng of Cokato and Lori Larson of Burnsville, former spouse Carole (Anderson Berg) Kapus (Jerry) of Eau Claire, WI and very significant friend, Sheryl Carlson of Forest Lake, MN. Memorial service Saturday, 4/30/11 at 11:00 a.m. at North Heights Lutheran Church, 1700 W. Hwy 96, Arden Hills, MN (Entrance A). Visitation Friday, 4/29/11 5-8 p.m. and one hour prior to service at church (Entrance B). Interment Crystal Lake Cemetery, Washburn-McReavy, Crystal Lake Chapel. Memorials are preferred to the North Heights Lutheran Church Instrumental Music Fund.

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Published in Pioneer Press on Apr. 24, 2011.
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April 19, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will miss you always. Never forgotten! A wonderful man, terrific teacher, beautiful musician, great Father, and a man of God! He lived the golden rule...We will always cherish your memory!
dianne beeler
October 17, 2011
I was very surprised and saddened to hear of Ron's passing. He was a wonderful friend of the family and a wonderful principal at RMS. May his family always remember the wonderful memories they had together and the love he had for the Lord.

Curtis & Angela (Forehand) Young
& Antoine Schneider (Angela's son)
Angela Young
October 17, 2011
Our Deepest Condolences
Angela (Forehand) Young
June 3, 2011
I was stationed with the 30th at McGraw Kerserne in Munich Germany under Bandmaster William e. Clark FROM 1965 TO 1967 I PLAYED FRENCH HORN
May 11, 2011
It was my pleasure to be his student and colleague. Many of my fondest memories from Glenwood City High School include Mr. Berg's band. The trip to Winnipeg, pop concerts, his "29 for the 10th straight time" birthday, and more. Later I would become an educator and see Ron at workshops. He was a positive role model for me and I will miss him. Dawn (Harmer) Totzke - class of '86
Dawn Totzke
May 2, 2011
My condolences to Ron's loved ones. I am deeply saddened by Ron's passing. He has touched so many lives through his talent, humor and faith, truly an inspiration. I take comfort knowing he is with the Lord and I will see him again. Vera S.
Vera Stoulil
April 30, 2011
To the Entire Ron Berg Family: I, along with many in the city of Barron, am saddened by Ron's passing. He truly was a wonderful Christian man. I will never forget his thoughtfulness to me in 1991 when my youngest brother perished in a house fire. Kiersten, Bjorn, and Reid: I am sorry for your loss of your dad at such young ages. I am sure he will continue praying for you up in heaven.
Barbara A. Millerman
April 29, 2011
ron berg was a very inspirational person to be around and showed me that impossibilities can be overcome.i know that he's in heaven now, probably sitting next to maynard ferguson playing gigs. i will miss him very much
god bless the berg family in your time of sorrow.
kevin garey
April 28, 2011
My condolences to Ron's family. I knew Ron very well from our Glenwood City days and always considered him an absolutely great man. I am a better person for having had Ron as a friend.
Rod Both
April 28, 2011
Ron was a dear brother to me and many at North Heights Lutheran Church. He was the first one to truly put our instrumental band together. To a fellow G.I. I salute you brother.

Sandi and my prayers are with the family.

Pastor Bob and Sandi Cottingham
Pastor Bob Cottingham
April 28, 2011
I'm so sorry for your loss, Ron was a great guy and will be greatly missed! He was always the one principal I actually didn't mind sitting and listening to, he was worth it and he was amazing at his job. My deepest sympathies to your family.
Liz (Olson) Roske
April 27, 2011
Carole, Kirsten, Bjorn and Reid,
Just learned of Ron's passing - he was a special friend and wonderful to work for. My heart goes out to you and your extended family during this time.
Maureen Vruwink
April 27, 2011
Ron made a difference in my life professionally and in the lives of my children personally. They still talk of him today. One of the greatest legacies we can leave is having made a difference. No question that you have Ron and that you will be remembered.
Chuck Nemer
April 27, 2011
I, too, spent some time with Ron in the 30th Army Band in K-Town, West Germany. His sense of humor, even-keeled personality, and friendship will always be remembered by me.
Jim Hughes
April 27, 2011
I'm sorry to hear of Ron's death. I enjoyed getting to know him during graduate school at the University of Minnesota in the 1980s. He was a good man, and will be missed dearly.
Bruce Gleason
April 27, 2011
Jolene (Logelin) Thomsen sent me an email this morning-what a surprise. We are so sorry to read about Ron's passing. You were our neighbors in Barron, WI and we have fond memories. We pray that your entire family will be comforted by the presence of God through out this week and the weeks to follow.
Joel and Toni Logelin, Barron, WI
April 26, 2011
So sorry to hear about Ron's death. Ron and Carol were close friends in the 70's and we shared many good times together as young couples.
He will be remembered as a good friend and loved by all who knew him.
Peace be with you. Sally Both Snyder (Wilson, Wi.)
April 26, 2011
Our sincere condolences to Ron's children and family.
Mike & Dana Schoch
April 26, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great person and mentor for me. He touched so many peoples lives. His memory lives on forever. Mary O'Meara
April 26, 2011
We're really going to miss Ron. He's been a cornerstone of our 30th Army Band reunion group for 40 years. His zest for life, music, and history, and his ever present sense of humor made it a joy to be with him. May he now find eternal joy with God.
Ron & Kathy Schaefer
April 26, 2011
I was saddened to learn of Ron's untimely passing. I have fond memories of working with Ron before he replaced me as principal of Barron HS. Please know that the family is in our thoughts and prayers.
John Schieffer
April 26, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a fellow student in the doctoral program at St Thomas, and I remember so well times the group spent together. Ron was funny, bright, passionate about his students, and very, very thoughtful. His strong moral compass and deep faith were an inspiration to us all. My condolences to Ron's loved ones...he will be missed.
Bonney B
April 26, 2011
Berg family, We are so sorry for your loss. Ron was a wonderful person. Loved going to church with your family so many years ago. Ron played piano at my Dad's funeral and really meant a lot to us! God bless you during this difficult time.
Carrie Parent
April 26, 2011
In the late 1970's I was a student of Mr. Bergs when he directed choir and band for our high school in Glenwood City. He was one of my favorite teachers! He pushed us hard so we would sound our best for concerts and be proud of ourselves. I also took part in solo ensemble each year and did barbershop quartet with three friends. It was one of the highlights of my high school years and I have Mr. Ron Berg to thank for that. I am now a teacher myself and thank Ron for teaching me! I'm sure he will be gathering the people in heaven together for some band or choir groups to perform soon!
Barb Standaert
April 25, 2011
To Ron's Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your father and brother. We enjoyed Ron's friendship and music through the years as well as watching the children grow. God's peace and love to you all.
Jan & Diedre Nordin
April 25, 2011
I remember Ron putting together a family tree years ago. I had the opportunity to visit his home for Bjorn's graduation and it was obvious that family was very important to him.
I'm thankful that he has passed on such a strong family tradition and pray that we may all take comfort in the fact that he is at rest with his heavenly family now.
Richard Babcock
April 25, 2011
May the Lord comfort Ron's family and friends in this sad time.

Linda Berndt from NHLC
Linda Berndt
April 25, 2011
Desde España, nuestro mas sincero pesame y todo nuestro cariño para toda la familia, de Maria Carmen y Matilde Sabanza
M.Carmen y Matilde Sabanza
April 24, 2011
Carole- my sincere condolences to you and your family over the loss of your husband. These events are never easy. All my best and my thoughts are with you and your family.- Steven Kloner (Eagan, MN)
April 24, 2011
My God Bless all of Ron's family & friends.
Mike Mattfield
April 24, 2011
Kristen, Bjorn, and Reid....our heartfelt sympathy to you on the loss of your beloved father. Ron was truly one of the greatest people we have ever known. He loved his God, his family and his profession... in that order...he never mixed up his priorities. He was truly a person of God and was always faithful to his plan, his time and his touch. It is hard to believe he is gone. He will truly be missed by many! love and sympathy Al and Dianne Beeler
Al and Dianne Beeler
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