Elwood L. ‘Woody‘
L. “Woody” Berg, 92, of Kewaskum, passed away Oct. 30. He was born on
Feb. 22, 1921, in Platteville. Mr. Berg, son of Elmer and Edna Berg,
grew up on a farm in New Hope Township, Portage County. He loved the
country life, and began his lifelong love of hunting and fishing during
boyhood. He had a natural proclivity for the mechanics of
communications, building his first radio crystal set when he was 13
years old. He attended Nelsonville High School, playing on the
During the Great Depression, Mr. Berg served in the Civilian
Conservation Corps; he was part of the CCC team that built the ski area
of Rib Mountain. During World War II, he served in the European Theater
as a radio sergeant. Among his medals and awards were a silver battle
star for service in five significant battles as well as a croix de
guerre and others.
After the war, he attended Wisconsin State University at Stevens Point,
then moved to Milwaukee and various jobs. After two brief marriages, he
met the love of his life, June Trindl, at a USO dance in Milwaukee. They
were married Nov. 25, 1950. The newlyweds purchased a home at 4732 W.
Montrose Ave.; Mr. Berg began his career as a central office repairman
at the Wisconsin Telephone Company at the Broadway exchange.
Mr. Berg always preferred the rural life to the urban, however, so he
and June purchased a farm and 80 acres in Kewaskum in 1960, transferring
his work with the Telephone Company to the West Bend office. A strong,
quiet and gentle man, he spent his free moments developing the 80 acres
into a working farm. He loved being alone on his tractor, planting,
cultivating and chopping down trees. He enjoyed fixing cars, cooking,
reading and writing. He hunted and fished, sharing his passions with his
seven children, Odin, Paul, Leif, Matt, Hanna, Eric and Alexandra.
Over the years, Mr. Berg served as a shop steward in the Washington
County Communications Workers of America union as well as the St. Lucas
Evangelical Lutheran Church Council in Kewaskum. He was a ham radio
operator and assisted June in tending her extensive garden. He also did
considerable genealogical research into family history.
Mr. Berg also came to enjoy international travel. He and June visited
India, China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Egypt, Australia, the
United Kingdom, Norway, Germany, France and Italy together. Two
particular highlights of his travels were twice visiting his family’s
ancestral village of Gaustad, Norway, where he was pleased to note that
the Norwegian dialect he learned from his parents is still spoken, and a
great love of the ancient country churches of England, which he and June
visited on several weeks-long visits.
In his final years, Mr. Berg lived at the Cedar Lake Communities near
West Bend. He was predeceased by his twin brother Ellsworth, his younger
brother Sidney, his wife June and his daughter Hanna. He is survived by
his daughter Alexandra (Berg) Janes, his sons Odin, Paul, Leif, Matthew
and Eric, his daughters-in-law Patricia (Odin) Berg, Barbara (Leif) Berg
and Ruth (Eric) Berg, his sons-in-law Barry (Hanna) Roberts and Michael
(Alexandra) Janes, and his eight grandchildren.
Funeral services for Elwood will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9,
2013, at St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1417 Parkview Drive in
Kewaskum. The Rev. Timothy Henning will officiate and cremation will
follow the traditional service. Burial, with military honor rites by
members of the Robert G. Romaine American Legion Post 384 Kewaskum, of
his cremains will at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in Lutheran Memorial Park in
The Berg family will greet relatives and friends at the church on
Saturday from noon until the time of services. Memorials to St. Lucas
Lutheran Church or Cedar Community Partners in Caring are appreciated.
The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Elwood’s
arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at