Verlyn Joseph Berger, age 81, of Miles City passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019 in Sidney.
Verlyn was born to Matthew and Emelia (Renner) Berger on February 10, 1938 in Spirit Lake, Idaho. He joined his older sister Pauline. They were later joined by a younger brother, Robert. He was raised on a dairy farm in Richardton, North Dakota and began operating farm equipment early on. Later he graduated to heavy equipment and helped build many roads in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. On July 13, 1965 he married Betty Lou (Lacher) Berger. They were blessed with two sons, David Joseph and Dale Mathew. In the late 70’s he moved his family to Lambert, Montana where he worked on Missile Sites in Northern North Dakota and then started his own construction company and put in many miles of waterlines, dug basements and finished oil well sites. He worked a total of 50 years in the industry.
Verlyn enjoyed his family and friends. He was very proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments. There was always laughter when he was around. He was an avid fisherman and thoroughly enjoyed his many fishing trips to Alaska and Lake Sakakawea. He loved to play cards, made wonderful Knoephla soup and was willing to help anyone in need. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Eagles and Moose Lodge.
Verlyn is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Betty Lou Berger of Miles City, MT; two sons: David Berger and grandson Cordel of New Boston, Michigan and Dale (Toni) and granddaughters Erica and Nicole of Belgrade, MT; and a sister Pauline (Wayne) Reeder of Spokane, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Emelia, his brother Bob and his mother and father-in-law Elsie and Joseph Lacher.
A Rosary and Vigil service will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home followed by family receiving friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Church, The Diabetes Foundation, or the Gallatin Valley Sharp Shooters, 1645 Nelson Rd. Bozeman, MT 59718 (where his granddaughters are members.)