Reinhold "Reno" Berg
Ames - Reinhold "Reno" Berg, age 74, of Ames, Iowa passed away at home on May 6, 2021. A public visitation will be held May 11, 2021 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM with a Vigil Service to follow at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 2900 Hoover Ave, Ames, IA; and a Celebration of Life May 12, 2021 at 10:30 AM, also at St. Cecilia.
Reno was born May 1, 1947 in Gary, IN, to Andy and Rose Schoebel, then adopted at one month of age and raised by Stanley and Helen Berg. He graduated from Morton High, Hammond, IN – Class of 1965. After high school, Reno continued his education at the University of Wisconsin – Superior where he graduated with a degree in English.
While working at Catholic Charities in Superior, Reno met the love of his life, Jan. They started their family in Superior and eventually moved to Ames, IA in 1977 where Reno took a position at Mainstream Living as their Chief Executive Officer, a position he retired from in 2013. He treasured all the relationships he had there and always fought and advocated for persons with disabilities – never forgetting where he came from.
Reno was a proud of his involvement in: The Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and The Old Farts Coffee Club. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Arc of Story County, Ames Minor Hockey Association, and Raising Readers of Ames.
Reno enjoyed vacationing at Round Lake in Hayward, WI with family where he would spend time fishing, pulling kids skiing and tubing, all while keeping the local propeller repair business afloat. He loved to play cribbage with everyone, especially grandkids, and would make a yearly trek to the Iowa State Fair contest where he would return with his, wait for it, Participation Ribbons. Reno looked forward to his fall musky fishing trips to Lost Land Lake where many more propeller installations were needed. He was so fun to kid and truly was a great, grounded, decent, friend to man.
Reno is survived by his wife, Jan Berg of Ames; son Jason (Jenny) of Pewaukee, WI; daughter Colleen Berg of Ames; daughter Jamie (Mark) White of Ames; and grandchildren Brennan, Mary, Cecilia, Erin, Rylee, Regan, Kailey, Austin, Maxwell, Gannon, and Jackson; brother Roger Rollins (Gayle) of Olathe, KS; sister Kathy Prater (Mike) of Havana, FL; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Andy and Rose Schoebel & Stanley and Helen Berg, brother LCDR Robert D. Berg, USN; and sister, Ann Marie Dulla.
Memorials may be directed to the family: 2926 Monroe, Ames, IA 50010. We will make a charity donation in Reno's name later.
Online condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com