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BERG, DAVID RUSSELL, 90, passed away in his sleep at Baptist East Hospital on September 16, 2012 from pneumonia.

He spent his last moments with his wife and family. He was born in South Ashburnham, MA on January 29, 1922 of Emil and Elin Berg. Of Swedish descent, he visited Sweden as a child and later in his life and prided himself on his Swedish heritage. He met his wife Evelyn in Erie, PA when they were high school sweethearts, double dating with lifelong friends in a 1934 Ford-rumble seat, 25 cent gas and strains of "their song" Deep Purple. In 1956, he moved with his wife, son and daughter to Louisville as part of General Electric's buildup of Appliance Park.

Starting with GE as a mechanical engineer, David held several positions in refrigeration and room air conditioning, including product engineer, manager of structural engineering and manager of product design. Like his father, David had a special gift for inventing, and is remembered by his friends and colleagues alike as one of the inventors of General Electric's famous Carry-Cool air conditioner. Throughout his career, David mentored several young engineers who went on with their own successful careers. Over the years, they have come back to David to tell him of his influence on them.

David is survived by his loving and devoted wife Evelyn of 67 years, his son James (Joanne) and his daughter Jane Ratterman (Tom); four grandchildren; David and Lauren Berg and Chris and Dan Ratterman; and several nieces and nephews.

David was a deeply loving man known for his sense of humor, his abiding faith, his commitment to volunteerism, love of country and appreciation of "fine wines". Above all, he was devoted to his family and followed their activities, involving himself actively in their lives.

The funeral Mass is planned for 10 a.m. Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Saint Margaret Mary Church, 7813 Shelbyville Road with burial in Calvary Cemetery. A visitation is planned for 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Pearson Ratterman Brothers, 12900 Shelbyville Road.

Contributions can be made to the St. Joseph's Children Home.

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Published in The Courier-Journal from Sept. 18 to Sept. 20, 2012
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