Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Willard Berger - Leroy Lodge

Willard Berger

MAHOMET – Celebration of Life services for Willard F. "Will" Berger, 86, of Mahomet will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm St., Champaign.
Pastor Glen Bocox will officiate.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be private at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign, with military honors accorded by Mahomet American Legion Post 1015 Color Guard.
Mr. Berger passed away at 9:40 p.m. Saturday (July 7, 2012) at Heartland Health Care, Champaign.
He was born Oct. 2, 1925, in Lincoln, Ill., a son of Edward and Fay (Comstock) Berger. He married Virginia Ely on Aug. 5, 1951, in Villa Grove. She survives in Mahomet.
Also surviving are three sons, Steven (Merry) Berger and Glen (Pam) Berger, both of Mahomet, and Philip (Deb) Berger, of Farmer City; two brothers, Ed Berger of Tempe, Ariz., and Bill (Darlene) Berger of Lincoln; one sister, Ruth (Jim) Follis of Carson City, Nev.; three sisters-in-law, Maggie Berger and Delores Berger, both of Lincoln, and Aree Berger of Manassas, Va.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Kenneth, Carl, Paul and Leo Berger.
Willard was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Forces from 1944 to 1945. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School, and DeVries Technical Institute in Chicago. He also was awarded a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in 1953 and a master's degree from the University of Illinois, as well as a counseling certificate. He attended real estate school with a daughter-in-law.
He was a counselor at Centennial High School in Champaign, retiring in 1983.
He was a member of the Mahomet United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in LeRoy and was a two-term past commander of Mahomet American Legion Post 1015.
Mr. Berger built three homes, was a ham radio operator, enjoyed electronics repair work, and was a member of the Haluzak Foundation bowling team.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather by all his family.
Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.
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