George Loran Berger(1927 - 2012)

George Loran Berger

George Loran Berger, 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Renown Medical Center on Friday, November 16, 2012.

George was one of eight children born to George Edward Berger and Sarah Ann Hampton in Elk City, Kansas on April 22, 1927. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII and served as a seaman first class from 1945 to 1946. He met his future wife Thelma Palovik in 1946, but was too shy to ask her out on a first date so his sister Ruth asked for him. Eventually, Ruth also asked Thelma to marry George, which they were on December 24, 1946 in Perry, Oklahoma.

In spite of his bashful beginnings, George's love of people lit up every room he entered. He was always the center of the party and kept Thelma laughing for 65 years of marriage. They moved to Nevada for work in 1948 and made it their home. George was a professional painter and member of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades Union, Local 567. Friends and family will remember him for his love of family time, square dancing, water skiing, shopping, Oklahoma Sooner Football and card games. While playing Pinochle with family and friends two days before his passing, George said he drew the best hand of his life and remained undefeated in round after round. His witticisms, wonderful sense of humor and warm nature will be greatly missed by all.

George was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Loran Leon Berger; his brother, Lloyd Berger; and his sisters, Velva Norman, Margaret Brown and Alice Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma; his siblings, Georgia "Gergie" Milne, Edith Pound, and Ruth Tate; his children, Linda Doria, Larry Berger and George Berger; his grandkids, Keith Armstrong, Amy Bradley, Scott Berger, Kristin Larsen, Zack Carter and Ryan Berger; and eight great grandchildren.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery with a celebration of his life immediately following at Saint Michael's Advent Hall on 444 Reservation Road, Wadsworth, Nev.


Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Nov. 21 to Nov. 25, 2012