Eugene Berg

Eugene Berg


February 14, 1946 - August 21, 2023


Eugene Berg, 77, of Emery, SD, died Monday, August 21, 2023, at his home in rural Emery. A private family funeral service will be held. Burial will be at St. Martin Catholic Cemetery in Emery. Visitation will be Friday, August 25, from 5-7:00 PM with a 6:30 PM prayer service at St. Martin Catholic Church in Emery. Arrangements by Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Eugene “Gene” Michael Berg was born February 14, 1946, to Aloysius and Veronica (Marnach) Berg. He attended St. Martin’s Catholic School through 8th grade and graduated from Emery High School in 1964. After high school, Gene joined the Army National Guard from 1965-1971.

Gene married Karen Baumgart on April 27, 1973, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. They were blessed with three children, Jennifer, Melissa, and Randy. Gene farmed all his life on the family farm north of Emery. He was a kind and generous man, who loved his family dearly. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Gene is survived by his wife, Karen; children, Jennifer (Jim) Zulk and their children Jennalyn and Jadyn of Emery, Melissa of Sioux Falls, and Randy (Joy) and their children Macy and Peyton of Emery; brother, Larry of Alexandria; aunt, Bernice of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leonard; and sisters-in-law, Joan and Anita Berg.


Friday, August 25, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

St. Martin Catholic Church
342 3rd Ave
Emery, SD 57332


St. Martin Catholic Cemetery
Emery, SD

Posted by Mary Osterloo on August 28, 2023
Condolences to the Berg Family. Gene was a cousin of mine and a old good friend of Jim's. Many memories. Blessings to all of you.
Posted by Lois Fleming on August 24, 2023
My deepest sympathy Karen and family on your great loss of Gene. Gene had such a kind gentle heart with a most wonderful smile that greeted all. May you find comfort from all the love & memories you shared!. He will be missed by many. Rest in Peace Gene your life was well lived!
Posted by Barb Harberts on August 23, 2023
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Gene was one of the most kind people I have ever met. Memories of picking watermelons in Forestburg and spending time at the farm while I was growing up. It was always good to see and chat with him when I was back in Emery for the summer! He will be missed and I feel blessed to have known him!
Posted by Carol Berg on August 23, 2023
Karen an Family so sorry for your loss. I remember Gene as a Nice Guy Carol Berg Feterl..
Posted by Jan (Cheeseman) Persson on August 23, 2023
So sorry and saddened to hear of Gene's passing. I got to know him while I was working at the FSA office in Mitchell. He was also in the National Guard with my Dad, Donnie. I really enjoyed working with him - he was such a sweet man.
Posted by Marge Wagner on August 23, 2023
Sorry for your loss
Posted by Harlen and Dee Hohn on August 22, 2023
So sorry to hear about Gene 's passing. You are
in our prayers at this difficult time.
Posted by Charlie and Darlene Bailey on August 22, 2023
Prayers to the family Rest in Peace
Posted by Bill and Betty Berg on August 22, 2023
Cousin Gene, prayers and thoughts to you and your Family.
Posted by Don Marnach on August 22, 2023
After his brother< Leonard, passed six months ago, I became the oldest living cousin. I visited Gene a couple of years ago and I enjoyed sharing memories of our youth. My father frequently talked about how hard Gene worked.
My wife and I express our sympathies to Karen and her family. Geene will remembered in our prayers here in CA.
Posted by Kaye Bloem Dohn on August 22, 2023
Gene was a great classmate. We phoned back and forth and cards for birthday and Christmas. Will really miss him. Sympathy to Karen and family. ❤️❤️
Posted by Karen Weber Klooster on August 22, 2023
Gene was my EHS classmate. Somehow we were always seated together in study hall. Gene was a good friend and often talked about our high school days. I am so very sorry he has passed. The last time we chatted on the phone he said it wouldn’t be long. I’ll miss Gene and our reminiscing. He was a great guy! My condolences to his family.
Posted by Ronald and Bev Krier on August 22, 2023
Your dad and I had a lot of good times together growing up. Many great memories !
Posted by Bonnie Burckhardt on August 22, 2023
My sympathies to the Berg family.
Posted by Brian and Lorrie Berg on August 21, 2023
Sending our deepest condolences to all of you. We love you.
Posted by Karl & Rhonda Abts on August 21, 2023
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Uncle Gene. He had such a strong spirit and willingness to help anyone who needed it. There is now an empty place in our lives that will never be filled. Be at peace Uncle Gene. Rhonda and I will miss him forever.
Posted by Steve and Tammy Dunkelberger on August 21, 2023
Condolences to the entire Berg family. We never had the opportunity to meet Gene but know Melissa well. Hearing her talk about her dad brings this poem to mind!
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest,
It broke our hearts to see you go,
God only takes the best.
RIP Gene
Posted by Lori and Cubby Anderson on August 21, 2023
So sorry for your loss-thoughts and prayers to your family
Posted by Steve and Tamara Zulk on August 21, 2023
We are so very sorry..Thoughts, prayers and love to you all..
Posted by Margie Peters on August 21, 2023
Oh Jen I am so sorry hear about your dad. Give your mom my condolences also and a hug. May your dad rest in peace
Posted by Dale and Cherie Baumgart on August 21, 2023
We are so sorry for the loss of Gene. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of grief. Sending prayers and strength.
Posted by Wink and Rita Baumgart on August 21, 2023
So sad to hear this we will keep your family on our minds in this tough time.
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