David J. Berger, 85, Jasper

David J.  Berger, 85, of Jasper, died Wednesday, November 11, at his home. He was born in Jasper January 11, 1935, to Alphonse and Catherine (Pfaffenberger) Berger. He married Barbara Gutgsell February 7, 1959, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Dave was a 1954 graduate of Jasper High School. He was the first employee of the United Cabinet Corporation in 1954, hiring on as a book keeper. He held the positions of customer relations manager, purchasing agent, and administrative vice president before retiring from Masterbrand Cabinets as executive vice president after 43 years of service. He was a past member of the dean’s advisory council for the School of Agriculture at Purdue University and the external advisory council of the Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

He and his wife served as co-chairpersons  for the Jasper Area Relatives of Sisters of St. Benedict “Forward in Faith” fundraising campaign. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and served on the church’s finance commission. He and his wife were recipients of the Diocese of Evansville’s Brute Society Award.

Dave was a past treasurer and board member of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. He served as treasurer of the Jasper Moose Lodge and on the board of directors for the holding corporation of Jasper High School. He was a past board member of the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation, Jasper Parks and Recreation Department, the Jasper Industrial Medicine Society, and the original board of directors of Jasper Junior Achievement.

He was a youth organization volunteer and chairman for fund-raisers for the Boy Scouts, USS Swimming, and Jasper Little League, where he also served as a coach, and was a member of the Jasper German Club. He enjoyed cookouts, hunting, fishing, gardening, wine making, shrimp boils, and rabbit feeds. He was an avid fan of Atlanta Braves baseball and Purdue sports.

Surviving are his wife 62 years; Barb Berger; two sons, Tony Berger and wife Lynn, Jasper, and Tom Berger and wife Kim, Houston, Texas; three daughters, Tammy Elsner, Martinsville, Terri Olinger and husband Mike, Owasso, Oklahoma, and Tricia Wyatt and husband Dewey, Richmond, Massachusetts; eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; 11 great step-grandchildren; one brother; Gilbert “Bud” Berger and wife Mary Jane, Jasper; one sister; Mary Beth Sleeth and husband Steve, Danville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles “Chuck”, Alan, and Michael Berger, one grandson, Ryan Elsner, and one nephew, Keith Berger.

A private family visitation will be held at St. Joseph Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Masks and social distancing will be required. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite chairity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

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