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Bruce Alan Berg, formerly of Jamestown, ND, died at the VA Medical Center in Batavia, NY on December 16, 2020 from complications due to lung cancer.
He was born on May 3, 1946 in Cando, ND to Alfred and Esther (Augustson) Berg. While growing up he lived with his family in Cando, ND; Egeland, ND; Devil’s Lake, ND; and Fertile, MN. He graduated from Fertile-Beltrami high school in 1964 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1965. He served an 18-month tour of duty in Vietnam from January 1966-June 1967, which coincided with the “surge” of US troops into the war.
He married Kathryn Fiskum of Mayville, ND on July 18, 1968. The couple lived in Oceanside, CA for two years while Bruce finished his enlistment with the Marine Corps. After he was honorably discharged, the couple resided briefly in East Grand Forks, MN before moving to Jamestown, ND in 1974, where they lived for almost 30 years. Bruce worked at Western Gear Aerospace from 1974-2002, working his way up from an assembly job to manufacturing superintendent. He retired in 2013 as plant manager at Summers Manufacturing in Devils Lake, ND.
Before moving to the VA Medical Center in Batavia, NY in 2018, Bruce had been living in Grand Forks, ND. He joined Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Forks in 2015 and cherished his friendship with Pastor Craig Fenske. He greatly enjoyed getting to see his brothers and sisters and their families when they came to Grand Forks for shopping and events.
Bruce was an avid sports fan, and delighted in watching his sons Shane and Shawn play football, basketball, and baseball from Lincoln Elementary School through Jamestown High School. He drove through several blizzards over the years to make sure he was in the seats for a Bluejay basketball game. He followed the Vikings and Twins loyally and never missed a televised Celtics game. He was good with his hands and renovated several homes on his own. He was one of the founding members of the James Valley Lutheran Church (WELS) in Jamestown and served in many leadership capacities in the congregation.
He is survived by two sons, Shane Berg (Corrie) of Princeton, NJ, and Shawn Berg (Becky) of Buffalo, NY; his sisters Alpha Lang, Yvonne Shear, Eline Kirchoffner, and Marcia Kraft; his brothers Terry Berg, Evan Berg, and Kevin Berg; and eight grandchildren (Anders, Mathias, and Soren Berg; and Kalob, Amanda, Josh, Kaleb, and McKenna Berg). He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn; his father and mother, Alfred and Esther Berg; and a brother, Roger.
In lieu of memorial gifts, the family would appreciate donations in Bruce’s memory to Semper Fi and America’s Fund, a highly rated charity that supports wounded and ill veterans and their families.
Masks are required.
Visitation: Will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Funeral Service: Will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the First American Lutheran Church in Mayville, ND.
Military Honors: May~Port Honor Guard and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors.
Burial: Will be in Mayville Cemetery in Mayville, ND.
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