Obituary: Larry Berger

Larry K. Berger, 80, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 at Medical City Denton, Denton, TX after a long battle with prostate cancer and complications of COVID.

He was born Aug. 21, 1940 in Halstead, Kansas to Harold “Rollie” and Marian L. (Jordan) Berger. He grew up on farms surrounding the Halstead community.

He was baptized in the Presbyterian Church, Halstead, and later moved his membership to First Mennonite Church, Halstead where he is still a member. He served on various church committees over the years.

He attended Mayflower District #34 country school thru the fourth grade. When the school closed, he attended Halstead Grade School and graduated from Halstead High School in 1958. In high school he was active in football, basketball and track and was especially proud to be part of the 440 relay team that took state in 1957. After high school he attended Wichita Drafting School, Wichita, Kansas.

He married the love of his life, Virginia Janzen, on Aug. 16, 1963. They shared 57+ years together.

He spent the majority of his working years in the wood and building business. After high school he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he was the youngest journeyman cabinet maker in the state of Arizona. Returning to Kansas, he started a long career at Harris Lumber in Halstead. Thru the years the company sold several times and he ended his career there as general manager. He was Director of Purchasing at Hertzler Clinic, Halstead, General Manager at Hehr Glass, Newton, Kansas, and worked at Galachia Heart Hospital, Wichita in the Purchasing Department. After retirement and moving to Basehor, Kansas, he held a part-time job at Mid-Star Lab, Bonner Springs, Kansas that manufactured orthotics and prosthetics.

His greatest love and source of pride was his family. He loved attending his boys athletic events and missed very few. His grandchildren and great-grandsons were also very special to him. Other enjoyable events were vacations spent on the ski slopes with family and friends and summer boating and camping trips. He also enjoyed hunting, golfing, watching K-State football and basketball, and Kansas City Chiefs.

He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia; son Mark (Cheryl) of Ripon, California; Brett of The Colony, Tx., Jeff (Shelly) of Highland Village, TX; three grandchildren: Jessica (Carlos) Gutierrez of Ripon, Ca.; Tyler (Megan) Berger, Carrollton, TX; and Riley Berger of Highland Village, TX; three great-grandsons: Carlos, Gabriel, and Victor of Ripon, Ca. sister: Carole Bean of Halstead and brothers-in-law: Harry Unruh of Boise, ID, and Paul Bean of Newton, along with many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Waldo and Dorothy Janzen; brother-in-law, Jim Janzen, Burrton, and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Janzen Unruh, Boise, ID, and Bobbie Janzen, Burrton.

Due to COVID restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held this summer, or whenever it is safe to travel and meet safely. The time and date will be announced.

Memorials may be given to: American Diabetes Association or First Mennonite Church, 427 W. 4th Street, Halstead, Ks. 67056.

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