Roger Dale Berg, the son of Thomas and Myrtle (Bryntesen) Berg, was born Dec. Dec. 9, 1941, in Rugby. He returned home to Our Lord at the young age of 71, after a courageous, two-year battle with brain cancer, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at his home at Lake Metigoshe, surrounded by his wife and family. His funeral will be held Monday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m., at Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau. Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 9 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be Monday at 3 p.m. at Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby.
Roger was raised on the family farm homesteaded by his grandmother some 125 years ago in Rolette County, and he graduated from Dakota Lutheran Academy in Minot in 1959. While residing in North Dakota he was a member of and confirmed at Ox Creek Lutheran Church, Rolette. He was also a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby; Lake Metigoshe Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau.
On Sept. 20, 1965 (48 years ago), he was united in marriage to Adeline “Addie” Marie Volk at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby. Following their marriage, the couple made their home, farmed, and started their family on the Berg family farm located within Rolette and Pierce counties, until 1970. In 1970, the family moved to Glendale, Ariz. Roger was employed by Western Electric Company for six years, and in 1976 Roger returned to North Dakota to pursue to his dream career “farming in God’s Country” (the Berg homesteaded land). He, along with his family, enjoyed the best of two worlds the farming season in North Dakota; and urban living during off seasons.
From 1976 to 1983, they made their home near Engelwood, Colo., and in 1983 the family moved to Hampton, N.J. Throughout these years, Roger continued his farming career and was also engaged in a part-time career in the retail business for 23 years. In 1999 he retired from farming, and in 2004 he returned with his wife to build their dream home and enjoy full retirement at Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau.
A sweet and gentle spirit, Roger was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Through his actions and words he used the gifts he received from the Lord, enabling him to acquire and maintain many strong and true friends. He passed on the love he was given to all those whose lives he touched. To his wife, he was, and forever will be, the “wind beneath her wings,” providing needed physical, emotional and spiritual strength to pursue her dreams. His sons, their wives and children, were the light of his life.
He established and maintained many strong and true friendships. Roger enjoyed golfing, water and snow skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, traveling, easy listening music and cooking. He was an avid reader, wonderful listener and had great wisdom.
Roger is survived by: his wife, Addie (Adeline); two sons, Randy Lee (Holly), of Parker, Colo., and Steven Dale (Jennifer), of Hampton, N.J.; grandchildren, Matthew Wayne, 18, and Zachary Steven, 14, and Sarah Frances, 11, Berg; brother, Rodney Berg, and sisters, Lois Volk and Mary Lou (Richard) Wangler, and aunt, Luella (Bryntesen) Shjerve, all of Rugby; nephews, nieces; other relatives and many friends.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald E Berg; and sister-in-law, Jeanne Berg.
Arrangements are with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at (www.nerofuneralhome.net).
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations to Brains Together For a Cure in memory of Roger would be preferred.(www.brainstogetherforacure.org).