Funeral services will begin at 3:00 PM Friday, April 5, 2019 at Willow Creek Lutheran Church, rural Dell Rapids with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation will from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.
Donald Phillip Berg was born December 26, 1921 to parents Andrew and Carrie (Woken) Berg on the family farm near Baltic. He attended Williamson Country School thru the 9th grade and then worked on the family farm and for various other farmers in the area.
Don married Joyce Geraldine Tonseth on June 24, 1945 at Lyons, SD. They enjoyed over 31 years of marriage until her death on August 15, 1976. He was then married to Donna Walters on September 23, 1978 in Dell Rapids.
Don enjoyed farming in the Baltic, Colton and Dell Rapids area until 1964. He then went to work for Buskerud Construction and other construction jobs in Sioux Falls. Later on in life he was the handyman everyone knew and called on to fix anything.
Don took pride in being a head usher for 54 years and custodian for almost 50 years at Willow Creek Lutheran Church. His health finally made him realize he was going to have to pass the baton on for the custodian job. However this decision weighed heavy on his heart, so a week later he asked to come back again. He also enjoyed his Saturday morning coffee club the men had in the basement of the church, always providing treats and a story to share.
Don was a master gardener! For many years he loved tending to his pumpkins, squash, potatoes, radishes, cucumbers and tomatoes. Someone mentioned to him how to grow square pumpkins, but no one ever remembers it being a success!! He enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor in the garden to many of his friends and neighbors, which included his homemade pumpkin pies he baked with pumpkins from his garden. He’ll always be remembered for baking all of his angel food cakes. Any occasion could be a reason to receive his cake, it didn’t matter if you were his daughter, grandchild, great-grandchild or worked in the bank. He just had such great pleasure in sharing his baking.
Don enjoyed going to see his great-grandchildren participate in their sporting events in the summer. The most fun was jumping in the Kawasaki side by side and heading to the Dairy Queen for his favorite Heath Blizzard afterwards.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Donna, Dell Rapids; daughter, Delight Hansen (Jeff Nelson), Dell Rapids; grandson, Nathan Hansen, Dell Rapids; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Nicholas and Jake Hansen, Dell Rapids; step sons, Steve (Diane) Brasseur, Blaine, MN and Jim Brasseur, Sioux Falls; step grandchildren, Serena, Isaac and Olivia Brasseur, Blaine, MN and Nicholas Brasseur, Arizona; brother-in-law, Ron (Barbara) Walters, Henderson, MN; sisters-in-law, Barb (Daryl) Rieck, Aberdeen, SD and Gerrie (Bob) Binion, Brownstone, MI and several nieces, nephews and relatives.