WILLIAM "BILL" BERG
1939 - 2019
BORN
1939
DIED
2019
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Pinnington Funeral & Cremation Services
502 N. Main Street
Auburn, IN
WILLIAM "BILL" BERG, passed away peacefully Friday, May 24, 2019, at home with his wife by his side following an extended illness. Bill was born June 22, 1939, in Detroit, Mich., a son of the late Hubert and Marion Berg. He moved to Fort Wayne in 1948 and was a 1957 graduate of South Side High School. Fort Wayne was where Bill began his golfing career, working for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. He saw McMillen Park Golf Course through its initial construction in 1962 and its first few years of operation. He then moved to Foster Park Golf Course where he was the Pro and instrumental in lengthening the course and constructing new greens. He joined the PGA of America in 1959 where he started playing on tour around the United States. Traveling and playing golf was Bill's desire and what he loved. He was an excellent player even beating Arnold Palmer by two strokes in an exhibition game at Cedar Creek Golf Course in 1971, a highlight for Bill. Later in Bill's career he was operational manager for ten golf courses in Florida, New York, Oklahoma, Phoenix and Pennsylvania. After retirement, Bill and Michelle moved to Blairsville, Ga., but he still had his hand in the golf industry. He was the General Manager /PGA pro at Butternut Creek GC as well as a teaching pro at Old Union GC and Mountain Harbour in Hayesville, N.C. "Many students and friends will surely miss his teaching, his thumbs up, his high fives and how he helped them learn the game of golf - his passion." Along with golf, Bill's winter sport was hockey. He was very involved in starting Junior hockey in Fort Wayne with his involvement in the Pepsi Jr. Komets. He loved watching and cheering for his Tampa Bay Lightning! Bill loved the Lord and his praise and worship time with church family where you could hear him say loudly, AMEN! Surviving are his loving wife and best friend of 32 years, Michelle; son, William H. (Rhonda) Berg of Fort Wayne; daughters, Jamie S. (Gary) Hall of South Bend, and Susan E. Matteson - Thomas of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, William David; brother, Richard Berg; and a son-in-law, Bradley Matteson. A celebration of life is 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the House of Prayer Church, Blairsville, Ga. The Rev. Jerry Helton officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the House of Prayer Church in memorial of Bill Berg. Arrangements by Pinnington Funeral & Cremation Services, Auburn, Ind. To sign the online guest book, visit www.pinningtonfh.com

Published by Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 29, 2019.
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Bill will Never be forgotten! We will carry him in our Heart forever!!!
Doris Metzger
Friend
May 20, 2020
Oh dear, Michelle, I just read about Bill and Im so sorry for your loss. Its been a while since we had been in touch and so much has happened but nothing as important as Bills illness. We have moved 3 times and this is the last one I hope. Im praying for you and your family for your strength. We have to trust the plan God has for us. He knows best. Love and miss you
Dorothy Todd
Friend
November 4, 2019
What a special man. We just learned of his passing He always had kind words for us in church. Our deepest sympathy to Michelle
Susan Avesian
Friend
September 9, 2019
I WORKED AT BUTTERNUT CREEK PRO SHOP FOR 10 YEARS. BILL WAS THE MANAGER; AND WAS ONE OF THE FINEST PEOPLE I HAD EVER MET. SO SHOCKED TO HEAR OF HIS PASSING FROM DR.SCHOEFFLER AT MY SEMI ANNUAL PHYSICAL...DR. SCHOEFFLER WAS BILL'S DOCTOR ALSO. BILL WAS SO MUCH FUN TO BE AROUND,WORKING FOR HIM WAS LIKE A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN. I KNOW WE WILL BE PLAYING GOLF TOGETHER AGAIN IN HEAVEN...RIP MY DEAR FRIEND !!!!
FRANK RANDALL
Coworker
July 19, 2019
Bill was one of the best Friends a Person could have!a Human Being with Love for All and a passionate Golf Teacher! He will be in our Hearts always!!🌷🙏❤️
Doris Metzger
June 2, 2019
A true gentleman with a very positive outlook toward everyone he encountered. Best golf instructor I've ever met. He will truly be missed by his family and his many many friends. Wonderful person in so many ways.....
Jim Ackerly
Friend
June 2, 2019
We had many good times with Bill at our mountain home (and yours).....he was always a delight! So very sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed by all who knew him.
So very sorry for your loss Michelle.
With deepest sympathy,
Ron and Deborah Ray
June 1, 2019
I count one of my true Blessings in life, to work for Bill. His wisdom, caring, and everyday kindness will never be lost on me. He was a true gentleman that I looked up to and enjoyed his friendship for many years. To Michelle and the entire family, Susan and I are heartbroken for your loss. Bill was Loved by so many!
Todd Pyle
Friend
June 1, 2019
Bill was a special man. He gave Golf lessons to both my children for many years. My daughter called him the miracle man saying he could fix a golf swing in 5 minutes or less. Thank You Bill. You will be missed .
Kevin Panter
Friend
May 30, 2019
Bill was loved by all. We have lost one of the Great Ones and he will be missed sorely.
Gary Julian
May 30, 2019
We all loved Bill here at Baker Chiropractic Clinic and will miss him greatly.
Baker Chiropractic
Friend
May 30, 2019
Bill was a true gentleman. So sorry for your loss Michelle. He will not be forgotten
Gayle Steed
May 30, 2019
Bill was a Fort Wayne legend. He gave me some very helpful lessons at Foster Park. He was a kind and caring man whom I respected very much. The golf world will never be the same
LEWIS MOWAN
May 29, 2019
Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace in the days to come.
Judy Muir
Friend
May 29, 2019
Bill was the kind of man who always allowed you to know how much he cared for you. His love for the Lord as well as his deep gratitude and respect for Michelle could immediately light up any room they entered. An interesting story... My husband and I traveled to Blairsville, Ga nearly 10 years ago to spend time in the mountains. Little did we know we would discover that my cousin, Michelle was living there along with her golf-pro husband. Equally amazing was the fact that Bill and Larry had graduated from Southside HS in Fort Wayne! Traveling to Blairsville throughout the years always provided these splendid times of reunion with our family. Someday we will join you Bill, but for the moment, we will miss you and your welcoming arms. Larry and Ty
Larry and Twila Miller
Family
May 28, 2019
We have known Bill for over 30 years. And everyone should have a friend like Bill in their lifetime. Whether on the golf course, at the card table or the dining room table, Bill would always make you laugh and feel at ease. It did not matter how good or how bad a golfer you were, he always had something good to say about your game. And that that was Bill- always having a kind word for everyone. What a great friend who will truly be missed by many, we look forward to seeing him again when it's our turn .
With much love,
Michael and Mia Vranek
Michael and Mia Vranek
Friend
May 28, 2019
I met Bill when he first came to Mountain Harbour (Ridges) golf club. I was working carts in the parking lot. He stood on the steps of the club house waving his finger at me. When I went to inquire what was up, Bill smiled at me and said "you are a good man". In my heart, I know who the "good man" was. It was Bill
Roy Catron
Friend
May 27, 2019
What a class act and a gentleman of the first order. Bill will be missed by myself,wife Karen as well as grand kids who he had contact with through golf. Spoke to Bill three days prior to his passing,told him "We love you brother". Confident Bill is at peace and in company of our Lord. Prayers for the family for peace in this most difficult time, however they can relish the thought Bill left a trail of joy,compassion and love for his fellow man where ever he went.
Jerry /Karen Brinke
Friend
May 27, 2019
Karen and I will forever be grateful for knowing Bill and being considered a friend. His gregarious nature and generosity was his calling card. His fatherly approach with us will always be remembered. Thank you Bill for being a super human being. Heaven has certainly gained an Angel. Michelle, you were Bill's treasure and source of inspiration. May you find peace. Bill was lucky to have someone so special and we will think of you always.
Skip Conroy
Friend
May 27, 2019
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Mountain View Funeral Home
May 26, 2019
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