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Kenneth Berger

Kenneth Ferdinand Berger, 88, formerly of Fenton, Michigan, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017. Ken was born Dec. 6, 1928 in Grand Blanc, Michigan, the youngest child of Charles Warner Berger and Grace Belle (Knight) Berger. Ken grew up on the family farm outside of Linden, Michigan. In December of 1945, Ken enlisted in the US Marines. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Camp Pendleton in San Diego, and at McAlester Naval Ammunition Depot in Oklahoma. As part of his time in the Marines, Ken served as an MP. Ken left the Marines as a sergeant. Ken attended Michigan State University, earning a degree in forestry. For many years Ken worked in the construction trade, where he specialized in carpentry. In 1960, he married Carol Jean Walden and their daughter Laura was born four years later. In the 1970s Ken purchased land and a cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and later established a saw mill. In 1989, Ken and Carol moved permanently to the UP where they focused on their growing milling business. With the birth of his grandson, Benjamin, in 2007, Ken spent more time visiting his daughter in New York state, eventually moving in with them in 2012. When his daughter’s family moved to Lee’s Summit, Missouri in 2015, Ken moved to an assisted living facility in Olathe, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Carol, two brothers, and six sisters. He is survived by his daughter Laura (Tim) Knapp of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; grandson, Benjamin Knapp; sister-in-law Velma Berger of Burton; brother-in-law Duane (Cathryn) Walden of Fenton; sister-in-law Nancy Walden of Fenton; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 1:00 on Saturday morning, Nov. 11 at the Temrowski Family Funeral Home in Fenton. Funeral service will follow at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Fenton.

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Posted: Mon, November 06, 2017

We have such good memories of Uncle Ken. In particular, a trip our family took to visit him in the Garden peninsula of the UP. Rachel and Sarah were very young, still in grade school. We stayed at his cabin, no running water and a generator for power. We were so impressed with his ability to manage without the luxuries we took for granted. That night, his "pet" bear, Smokey, came to visit us. We heard him snuffling around outside the cabin and while we were anxious, he had already warned us and told us what not to do. When I told my girls, now 27 and 25, about his passing, they remembered this visit in particular vividly. They also recalled his giving them change and how he always paid attention to them, making them feel important and valued. We are also blessed to have a piece of furniture he gave us from the old house in Fenton. We recall all of his antiques and the house he told us was hard to keep up due to it's age. On the third floor there was a double secretary, drop front with two curved cabinets and claw feet. It was painted black, had no glass, no mirror, was in pretty bad shape. He gave the to us and I recall having to hoist it out a window on the third floor to get it out of the house. We paid to have it redone and it has been in our living room in a place of honor since. I have never seen one quite like it. We are so thankful for the life of Ken Berger and will always remember him as he was when we last saw him.

Our deepest sympathy and prayers for all of his family and friends.

~Diane and Dickie (Richard) Berger    

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I have such good memories of Ken as my father's friend and then friends with my oldest brother. I remember when my Dad built the sawmill and Ken would come to watch him. I remember visiting Ken & Carol after they moved up north too. Such a nice couple. Our condolences to the family. From the Robinson Family

~Joanne Robinson    

So sorry for your loss. Ken was a special man

~Renea Brown    


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