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Norman H. Berg

Monday, February 20, 2012

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Norman H. Berg, age 90, of Storm Lake, died Feb. 13, 2012 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Memorial services were held Thursday, Feb. 16, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Norm was born July 6, 1921 in Peterson, the son of Halver and Nellie Berg. Growing up he attended school and graduated from Peterson High School in 1939. Following high school graduation, he attended Bradley University School of Watchmaking.

Norm worked for his brother Harold as a watchmaker in Manson until December of 1941. On Feb. 13, 1942, he enlisted into the United States Navy. He was assigned to the United States Navy Amphibious Force and spent 2 ˝ years in the Mediterranean. He took part in the invasion of Sicily, Anzio and southern France. He was awarded 3 battle stars for these engagements. Upon his return, he was stationed in New Orleans until the war ended. He was called back to the service during the Korean War where he served 16 months putting USS Cascade, a repair ship, back in service in Newport, R.I. He would often mention that not a single Korean got past his post in Rhode Island.

In 1951, Norm was united in marriage to Gloria Iverson and together they were blessed with one son, Steve. They purchased a jewelry store in Rockwell City until his brother Harold passed away. At that time, Norm purchased the store in Storm Lake. Norm retired in 1990 at which time his son, Steve took over the business.

After the death of his wife, Gloria in 1994, he married Jean Foote in 1995. Jean passed away in 2006.

Norm was on the original Board of Directors and had a part in the founding of Lake Creek Country Club. In his spare time, he loved all sporting events, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes. Norm treasured spending time with his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Steve (Pam) Berg of Storm Lake; grandson, Andrew Berg of Iowa City; granddaughter, Amy Berg (fiancé, Todd Schwartz) of Grimes; sisters: Clarice Meyer of Hartley; Ruth Stewart of Jasper, Ga.; sister-in-law, Mae Iversen of Storm Lake; Jo Davis of Storm Lake; nephew, Mike Stewart of Atlanta, Ga.; nieces: Judy (Robert) Bailey of Georgia; Christy (Alden) Swanson of Georgia; Kay Larson of Spencer; and Linda (Ray) Shields of Arizona; extended family and many friends.

Norm was preceded in death by his parents, Halver and Nellie; brother, Harold Berg; wives, Gloria and Jean; brothers-in-law: Homer Pitcher; Orville Meyer; Dick Stewart; and Gerald (Chris) Iversen; sisters-in-law: Lelia Caskey and Janet Berg.