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Roy Berg

May 25, 1925 — January 22, 2017

Roy Arvid Berg, 91, passed away on January 22, 2017 at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth surrounded by his loving family. Roy was born on May, 25, 1925 in Proctor to Olai and Betty (Olsen) Berg. He was a graduate of Denfeld High School, class of 1943, where he fell in love with his high school sweetheart, Meredith. They were married in 1947 and celebrated 58 years together. He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving on the USS Dobbin in the South Pacific. He was a life member of the American Legion, West Duluth Post 71, and served in various positions, including that of Commander. Roy was a member of the Euclid Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite & AAD Temple of the Shrine in Duluth. He played base drum in the Drum & Bugle Corp and was a driver to the Shrine Hospital in Minneapolis. He also served on the Class of '43 reunion committee for many years. He was a lifelong member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in West Duluth and served on the Building Committee at Our Savior's. Roy enjoyed deer hunting (he hunted until he was 89), playing harmonica & Rummikub at Edgewood Vista. He was a lover of Lutefisk and had a sweet tooth. He also loved the cabin & spending time with his kids & grandkids. He was the most caring, loving and generous father & grandfather that we could have asked for. Roy was blessed with a second marriage, later in life, to Betty (Cran) Berg and our families came together. Roy is preceded in death by his wives, Meredith and Betty; a grandson, Mitchell Berg; and a brother, Leonard Berg. Roy is survived by his daughter, Judy (Mike) Spehar; sons, Richard (Beverly) Berg and Robert (Kimberly) Berg; grandchildren, Amy (Jeremy) Carlson, Scott (Ketti) Spehar, Sarah (Tim) Solomon, Joshua (Angie) Berg, Melissa (Nate) Gens, Jason (Marisa) Berg, Dayna (Ben) Thompson and Alex (fiancAC. Katrina McCarthy) Berg and 19 great-grandchildren. Roy is also survived by his second family, Debbie (Bob Craven) Cran, Cindy (Jeff) Stratioti and James (Connie) Cran; four grandchildren, Peter & David Stratioti, Jack Craven and James Cran. The family would like to thank the staff of Edgewood Vista, the doctors & nurses at Essentia-St. Mary's and the staff at Solvay Hospice House for their love and support through this difficult time. Visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2017 in the Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home and will continue from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. 4831 Grand Ave. Pastor Joyce Piper officiating. Burial at Oneota Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Duluth Honor Guard. Memorials are preferred and will be donated to the Shrine Hospital and Our Savior's Lutheran Church.


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