MARCUS -- Dean L. Berger, 79, of Marcus, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Dean was born Jan. 29, 1924, at Sioux City, the son of Will and Elsie (Pavlik) Berger. He grew up on a farm in rural Hinton until moving with his family to a farm south of Marcus in 1939. Dean's parents were very active in community events, taking a very special interest in 4-H. After working around cattle with his father Will, Dean discover he had a natural ability to work with livestock. He won many awards and prizes at the Cherokee County Fair, Plymouth County Fair, Iowa State Fair, the former Ak-Sar-Ben in Omaha, Neb., and at the International Fair in Chicago, Ill.
On Dec. 23, 1945, he married Ruby E. Anderson at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, rural Marcus. In 1952, he was asked to organize a 4-H club in Tilden Township of rural Marcus. He organized the Tilden Tillers 4-H Club and served as leader for 10 years. He enjoyed helping young people develop their interest in cattle and farming. Many of the people Dean worked with in 4-H went on to pursue careers in agriculture. He was made an honorary member of 4-H in 1974, and had also served on the 4-H Extension Council.
Dean served on the Community Coop Oil Board at Marcus, and was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church at Marcus. He enjoyed raising and feeding cattle, and was very fond of going to cattle sales. Over the years, he made many friends attending cattle sales and 4-H shows.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Berger of Marcus, and children who lived with the couple through foster care, Gordon, Diana, Doris, Barry and Jerry; one sister, Joan Koester and her husband, Weber, of Paullina; one sister-in-law, Jeannine Anderson of Kingsley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, W.J. Berger.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus with Pastor Timm Wilkin officiating. Burial will be in Marcus-Amherst Cemetery at Marcus. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today (Friday) with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the Earnest-Rohde Funeral Home in Marcus.