Charles Keith “Chuck” Berger, 80, of Idaho Falls, passed away March 14, 2020, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
Chuck was born December 16, 1939, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, to Harry Willard Berger and Lillian Rosalie Hoovler Berger. He grew up and attended schools in Mt. Vernon and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School. He also attended Park College, Missouri, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Computer Information Systems, Magna Cum Laude. Chuck served 30 years in the United States Air Force as a ground radio communications technician, rising to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He earned numerous awards and citations during his distinguished career, including the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and six Oak Leaf Clusters, and The Republic of Vietnam Medal for Gallantry Cross with Palm Device, just to name a few.
On January 19, 1961, he married the “Love of his Life,” Patricia Rose Fariello in London, England. Chuck and Patricia were blessed with a son, Matthew. As an Air Force family, they made their home wherever they were stationed whether in England, Germany, or throughout the U.S. They also spent many years apart when his duty took him to Vietnam and Greenland.
After retiring from the Air Force, Chuck worked in Contracts Management and Quality Assurance for Arcadia and D.R.C. in Mt. Home, Idaho, and then continued in Quality Assurance as a civil servant in Newport News, Virginia. As a close knit family, he and Patricia returned to Idaho, with his son and daughter-in-love during the summer of 2018.
He and Patricia celebrated the 60th anniversary of the day they met on March 5, 2020.
More than anything, Chuck loved his Lord, Jesus Christ! His favorite place to be was in the company of fellow believers, studying God’s Word and worshiping Jesus.
He enjoyed being with his family, gardening, fishing, golfing, working with his hands, and home improvement projects. He earned Master Gardner status when they lived in Virginia and transformed everywhere, they lived into another Garden of Eden.
Chuck is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Berger of Ammon, ID; son, Matthew (Elizabeth) Berger of Ammon, ID; sister, Janet Clippinger of Mt. Vernon, OH; and grandson, Zachariah Berger of Orlando, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Don Berger.
Private funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, with Pastor Nick Bowes officiating. Services will be broadcast live to the general public on this page (see above). Burial will be in the Ammon Cemetery where Military Rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Memorial Team and Air Force Honor Guard.
Because Chuck loved the Word of God, in lieu of flowers, please donate to American Bible Society or Wycliffe Bible Translators.
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