Larry Leroy Berg bravely fought a battle for life. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family who loved him deeply, on June 26, 2014.
During Larry’s life he touched so many with his kindness, generosity and love. His presence in our life is a gift we will always treasure and be thankful for.
Larry was 72 and born on March 4, 1942, in Pe Ell, Wash., to Emil Berg Sr. and Louise (Rose) Baggenstos.
Larry grew up in Boistfort, Wash., and graduated from Boistfort High School. He joined the U. S. Navy in 1959. He received an honorable discharge in 1963, after serving as a Naval Aviation Ordnance and Firearms Specialist (E-3). He continued in the U. S. Naval Reserve until 1965.
Larry began work for Weyerhaeuser in 1967 and drove a logging truck for 35 years, earning the nickname “Rambo” from those he worked with. He retired in 2002 with 35 years of distinguished service, earning numerous safety awards.
Larry married Sherry (Winkler) Berg in 1967 in Chehalis, Wash. They were blessed with 48 years together.
Larry was considered a man of the most impeccable character. He was an amazing gardener who loved sharing the fruits of his labor with family, friends and neighbors. He loved spending time with his grandchildren whether it was attending their music performances, dance recitals, or various sporting events, or teaching them how to drive his John Deere tractor and sharing his green thumb. He loved the outdoors and could be found in his greenhouse, tending to his garden and impeccably kept yard and flower gardens, and barbequing with family.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Emil Sr., his mother, Louise, and his beloved son Roger.
Larry is survived by his wife Sherry Berg of Rochester ,Wash.; his daughters Sonja Berg-Manning and Tina Frazier of Olympia, Wash.; his grandson Mason III and his granddaughters Makaelynn, Rianna, Paiton and Lauren; his brothers Emil (Darlene) Berg of Winlock, Wash., Lanny (Debbie) Berg of Chehalis, Daryl (Theresa) Berg, Centralia Wash. and his sisters , Marietta (Norm) Nichols of Centralia, Emile (Ron) Brooks of Doty, Wash., Olga McClure of Olympia, Clara Lusk of Toledo, Wash., Terry (Bernie) Rogers of Toledo, and Sharyll (Ron) Fisher of Adna, Wash. and his nieces, nephews and many other relatives.
It was Larry’s wish that his family and friends celebrate his life and not mourn his death. The family asks that you join them to celebrate Larry’s life on Aug. 2, 2014, at the Baw Faw Grange, 995 Boistfort Road in Curtis from 1 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Larry Berg Memorial Scholarship Fund, a scholarship fund set up in Larry’s name at Security State Bank in Centralia, 1231 Harrison Ave., Centralia, WA 98531 (ph:360-736-2861). Larry believed that students should be able to pursue an education without being held back by financial constraints. This scholarship will be given out to a different student annually to help them pursue their education after high school.
Condolences may be left on the Larry Berg Memorial which is located as a Group page on Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/818925868119568/
The family asks that you share the Facebook page with everyone you know who may have known Larry and please feel free to add pictures, video and stories or moments you shared with Larry.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all those who supported Larry in his final days including the University Of Washington Medical Center Department Of Hepatology; Dr.Benjamin Merrifield and his medical assistant Milniece; Providence Hospice of Olympia and Carlie Beck.