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Dick was a son of Hilmar J.and Mabel H.(Wright)Berg. Born in Beverly, Mass., he graduated from Beverly High School, Class of 1939, where he was on the Cross-country track team. He was the brother of the late Hilmar J. Berg,Jr., Hilda Perkins and Hazel Johnson. Dick was married to Anita(Gray)Berg of Beverly,for more than 67 years. They had one son, Richard,Jr.-"Young Dick." Dick enlisted in the U.S.Navy, serving aboard the Net-tender, USS Mahogany. He was a decorated veteran of WWII, in the Pacific. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Beverly, working at USMC and Reid Bros. and attending nights, at Northeastern University, from which he graduated. After retiring from Varian, he and his family settled in Rochester, NH. He was a skier and golfer, a bridge player, a reader and lover and teacher of history, especially of the USS Constitution, and the War of 1812. He was also a long-time member of the Wenham Shindiggers Square Dance Club. He was a wood carver. He had a love of ships of all kinds, and spent many happy hours racing his sailboats on Great East Lake, in NH.He was a long-time weekly volunteer at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, and was it's first librarian. After his retirement, he was a weekly volunteer at the Wright Museum in Wolfboro,NH. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage, and was an active member of the Morgensolen Lodge, Sons of Norway, publishing, with the help of his wife, their news letter.
Dick died Sunday, November 27, 2011, in Rochester, NH. He is survived by son Richard J, Berg,Jr. and his wife, Marlene, and their children, Jeffrey M. Berg and his wife, Amanda, and Maria E. Berg; also many nieces and nephews. Burial(ashes) was in No.Beverly Cemetery,December 13, 2011.