Melvin W. Berg, 94. Underwood, died Sept. 21, 2018, at CHI Community Memorial Hospital, Turtle Lake. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Augustana Lutheran Church, Underwood with Pastor Randy Emgarten officiating. Interment will be held in the Underwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church in Underwood and will continue one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.
Melvin was born Jan. 20, 1924, on a farm northwest of Turtle Lake, the son of Christ and Lydia (Schauer) Berg. He was the second oldest of 11 children. At the age of two, he went to live with his grandparents/aunt and was raised by them. He attended country school and graduated from the Turtle Lake High School in 1941. Following high school, Melvin worked on his grandmother’s farm and worked for three winters in an underground coal mine. Melvin married Agnes Shere on July 20, 1947, at Augustana Lutheran Church. He then went to work building the town of Riverdale and also helped build the Garrison Dam. When the dam was completed, he farmed in the Underwood area and helped contractors build homes and churches until retiring in 1986.
During retirement, Melvin and Agnes took up Lapidary work. They attended many craft shows selling their gemstone jewelry made from the stones he cut and polished. They truly enjoyed making and selling the jewelry. In his younger years, Melvin enjoyed playing softball and water skiing, he had back surgery, so that ended those activities. He always enjoyed hunting, fishing and some traveling. Melvin was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church, where he served on the board of directors for several years, he was also involved in many other church activities. He served at the Camp of the Cross Bible Camp for 6 ½ years. He was a member of the Central Dakota gem and mineral society in Bismarck and the Washburn Civic Art Club.
Melvin is survived by his wife Agnes, of Underwood; daughter, Crystal (Randy) Albrecht, Coleharbor; a son, Miles (Sherry) Berg, Niantic, Conn.; his grandchildren, Justin Berg, Jody (Cory) Fylling, Kelly (Noah) Ekstrom, Michael (Jennifer) Granlie, Kristi (Pete) Moch, Crystal (Ron) Tooker, Jasmine (Louis) Zubek; 20 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Milton (Joyce) Berg, Minot, Arthur (Mary Jo) Berg, Fargo, Larry Berg, Gackle; his sisters, Delores Sailer, Oregon, and Verdean Hofer, Turtle Lake, and many nieces and nephews.
Please visit www.goetzfuneralhomes.com to sign the online guest book and to share memories of Melvin with his family.
(Goetz Funeral Home, Washburn-Underwood)