William S. Berg, W9JLR, died on Wednesday, July 3rd, at his home following a brief illness. Bill was a life-long resident of Park Falls. He was born on March 12, 1919 to Stanley and Ethel Berg. He lived a very full 94 years.
While a sophmore at Lincoln High School, the Superintendent of Schools chose him to attend leadership training at Fort Snelling. Once World War II started, Bill served as First Lieutenant in the 31st Infantry in New Guinea. He trained as a HAM radio operator. His interest in HAM radio grew into a passion and he enjoyed hours upon hours talking with fellow HAM radio contacts all over the world. He was so very proud of his military service and would share his experiences with anyone who asked him, with the most detailed accounting.
One of his ways to honor his fellow servicemen was to play taps, for over 70 years, at military funerals. He began doing this in high school and just packed his bugle away two years ago. As a result of this commitment, he has been recognized several times with various awards from the American Legion. The National American Legion magazine recently interviewed Bill highlighting his extraordinary accomplishments.
Music was another love of Bill's. He joined the UW-Madison band as a baritone player. In his later years, he learned how to play the guitar and drums. Many evenings were spent serenading Dolores and family. Bill had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed many years of camping with his family.
Following World War ll, Bill married Dolores Teske on June 15, 1946. They built their home in Park Falls where they raised their family. He retired from the US Post Office over 30 years ago. After retiring, he and Dolores traveled throughout the country in their motor home making new friends wherever they stayed. They especially enjoyed their years in Mission, Texas.
Bill never stopped learning. As long as there was a manual, he could figure anything out. He was self-taught on his computer and enjoyed keeping in touch with his family and friends through email, skype and face book.
Bill is survived by his wife, Dolores, two daughters, Karen (Jim) Jeselun, Susan (Ron) Schuh, his son, Tom (Jane) and his daughter-in-law, Lynn. He has 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. His son, Bob, granddaughter, Leslie, and great-granddaughter, Anya, have predeceased him.
Services will be Tuesday, July 9, at 10:30 at Peace Lutheran Church with a community gathering at 9:30. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill's name may be sent to Peace Lutheran Church, 600 2nd Avenue North, Park Falls or to the American Legion, Post 182, Park Falls.