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|Berg, Robert F.
|Robert F. Berg, 78, of 1972 US Highway 150 Galesburg IL died at 5:35 PM Tuesday September 8, 2009 at his home.
He was born January 6, 1931 in Galesburg the son of Harold F. and Helen J. Johnson Berg. He married Carolyn Jean Swikard on January 17, 1952 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death in 1965.
Robert is survived by two sons Eric F. (Marcia Bullis) Berg of Galesburg and Reid C. Berg of Avalon New South Wales Australia; two daughters Kristin M. (Ross) Jorgensen of Newport New South Wales Australia and Kara N. (Gordon) Todd of Galesburg; a sister Gloria Connan of Galesburg and four grandchildren Dayna (Tyson) Fischer, Katy Jorgensen, Colin Fey and Abram Powelson. He is preceded in death by his wife and a daughter Elise C. Berg in 2002.
He served in the US Army in Korea from August 28, 1952 until May 27, 1954 in the Commander Heavy Weapons Company. He received the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After completing his service as an officer in the US Army during the Korean War, Bob became a regional sales representative for Atlas Cement Company, later merged as Continental Cement Company. First assigned to the Chicago region, he then covered Florida and the southeast through the Sixties, finally completing his career covering the Midwest from his home base in Galesburg. He retired in 1991.
Born and raised in Galesburg, as a young man Bob was an enthusiastic Boy Scout, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Upon graduation from Galesburg High School, he attended Knox College as a member of the ROTC, graduating in 1952.
Robert was the consummate family man. After losing his wife to cancer, he raised his five young children as a single parent, employing firm but loving guidance. He always put family time as his highest priority.
Robert was a man of many interest and talents. He was an outstanding cook, a skilled photographer, and an avid outdoorsman.
Upon retirement, he traveled extensively throughout the world. He imparted his love of travel, learning and adventure to his children. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
A Celebration of his Life will be from 4:00-6:00 PM Tuesday September 15, 2009 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Cremation has been accorded.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and Guardian Angels Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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