OBIT: Richard Berg

Richard Berg, 82, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Friday evening, Aug. 7, 2020, at his home in the loving care of his family and Altru Hospice. Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 4 until 7 p.m. and continue on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake with a Rosary prior to the Mass. Reverend Steven Wirth will celebrate the Mass with burial in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 the Rosary Service and Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday evening will be for immediate family only. Richard Elmer Berg was born on May 30, 1938, on a farm in Clyde, ND. Son of Math and Catherine (Zimmer) Berg. Richard graduated in 1956 from Munich High School. After graduation Richard moved to Devils Lake with his parents where he worked for Goodman Electric. Richard attended Lake Region College. He married the love of his life Rosalie Ebertz on Jan. 28, 1958, in Devils Lake. Richard and Rosalie recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Richard passed the civil service exam and began employment for the U.S. Postal Service in 1960. He began as a clerk and was appointed sectional center postmaster in 1972. His accomplishments as 583 Postmaster include; jurisdiction for 69 associate offices, served on a schedule and survey team for large mail processing centers in the upper Midwest, had the honor of a first day issue of a U.S. stamp, and oversaw the construction of the current Devils Lake Post Office. Richard was a 25-year member of the National Association of Postmasters hosting two state conventions in Devils Lake. Richard was a proud member of the Devils Lake community. He was co-chairman for the construction of the present Joe Roller complex. He served as a city commissioner and was the building committee chairman for the current fire department in 1987. Richard was President of the St. Joseph’s Parish Church Council, Knights of Columbus member, and was a Eucharist Minister. Richard served as President of the International Rotary Club in 1980 and 1981 and was a member of the Elk’s Club. Richard was an avid hunter, fisherman, woodworker and golfer which continue to be enjoyed by his children and grandchildren. Being a proud family man; his greatest accomplishment was his seven children, ten grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren which provided Richard and Rosalie many years of joy. Richard is survived by; wife, Rosalie; children, Paul (Bonnie) Carrington, ND; Catherine, Mandan, ND, Nancy (Gary) Trottier, Devils Lake, Todd (Patty) Gilbert AZ, Jason (Dana) Fort Collins, CO; ten grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by; parents, Math and Catherine; brothers, George, Harold, Omar and Herman; sisters, Emma, Ida, Lenore, Helen, Hilda, Mary Ann, Inez, and Margaret; daughters, Laura Marie and Kimberly Dawn. Condolences can be sent to P.O. Box 86, Devils Lake, ND 58301.

Posted online on August 11, 2020