Raymond Paul Berg, 92, of Altamont, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont with Rev. Dr. James F. Wright officiating.
Visitation for family and friends will be conducted from 5-8 p.m. on Friday evening at the Kull Funeral Chapel, Altamont, and again for one hour from 9 a.m. until the funeral service time of 10 a.m. on Saturday morning at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Christian Burial Rites will be conducted at Union Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.
Raymond was born into the Christian family, one of five children of August and Alma Mercier-Berg. He began his long life on Sept. 25, 1924 at the family farm Mound Township, in the Bethlehem community, Effingham County near Altamont, where he was raised and educated in the values of the church. Raymond married Marian Florence Kirchoff on June 6, 1948 in the Zion Lutheran Church, rural Altamont by the Rev. Karl Weinrich. Marian preceded Raymond in death on Sunday Dec. 23, 2012.
Raymond spend his life in the local community beginning in St. Elmo, as a mechanic, then moving with his family to Altamont in 1958. However, in 1957 is when Raymond and Marian opened the Berg Service Station, which continued until 1990. This family owned and operated business provided an income as well as an education for the entire family, where Raymond and Marian passed their knowledge to their children and grandchildren. Raymond continued to maintain the family farm, which became a centennial farm, until his death.
Memorials may be directed to the Altamont Lutheran Interparish School, 203 East Division Street, Altamont, Illinois 62411 and or the Donor’s Choice.
Raymond is survived by his: children, Roger (Claudia) Berg of Altamont, Jerry (Margaret) Berg of Hinsdale, Ill., Larry (Coezette) Berg of Azle, Texas, and Miss Brenda Berg of Carbondale, Ill.; grandchildren, Randall (Jenee Berg), Catherine (Eric) Dothager, Mark (Jennifer) Berg, Austin Berg, Grace Berg, Martin Berg, Clark (Elizabeth) Asher, and Erica Asher; great-grandchildren, Riley and Lucas Berg, Makenna and Aubrey Dothager, Clair and Kaley Berg; and sister, Lorna and Hilma Berg of St. Elmo.
He was preceded in death by his: wife, Marian Florence Kirchoff-Berg; daughter, Shirley Asher; son-in-law, Hans Asher; parents, August Ferdinand Berg and Alma Louise Mercier; brothers, Arnold Berg and wife Ann, and Willie and wife Martha.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.kullfuneralhome.com.