Leonard V. Berg

Death:Friday, April 18, 2008
Ogle Co, Illinois

LEONARD V. BERG, age 89, of Rochelle, died on Friday, April 18, 2008 at the Rochelle Community Hospital. He was born December 24, 1918, in Rochelle, Illinois, to Oscar T.D. and Ada Jane (Eames) Berg. Leonard was raised on a farm near Lee, Illinois, being the youngest of fourteen children. He attended Steward and Lee Schools. Leonard entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and served the United States during WWII in the Mediterranean Theater in Sicily, Italy and Africa under General Mark Clark, and in the European Theater in the G2 Section (Intelligence Division) of the 5th Army Headquarters. He was commissioned the rank of captain, and was honorably discharged in December, 1949. Leonard married the former Josephine Lucille Drummond, July 26, 1941, who preceded him in death on November 27, 2000. Survivors include a daughter, Charlene K. Berg (husband; Dewey Risenhoover), of Door County, WI, a son. Dr. James D. Berg and two granddaughters. Lisa C. and Julia J. Berg, of Oslo, Norway. He was also predeceased by a daughter, Cheryl Lynn. Leonard was president of Berg Electric, which he founded in 1949, and had held various positions in the electrical industry since 1938. In 1962 he founded Berg Electric Batavia, Inc., and in 1966 he became a partner in Nu-Ag, another Rochelle industry. Leonard was a member of the American Council Industrial Laboratories, Cleveland, Ohio, and served on the board of directors of the Rock River Valley Electric Association. He was a director and charter member of the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce. Leonard was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Royal Order of Moose. He was a member of the Rochelle city council, serving as commissioner of public property from 1955 through 1959. Leonard was listed in the 12th edition (1970-71) of Who's Who in the Midwest, a compilation of notable people who have distinguished themselves with achievements in a field that affects the development of the Midwestern United States. A private family graveside military service will be held at the Union Cemetery in Steward with the V.F.W. Post 3878. Cremation services were provided by Unger-Homer Funeral Home. In lieu of Flowers, Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Source: Mortuary obit

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