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Bernard G. 'Bernie' Berger

Bernard G. "Bernie" Berger

Aug 21, 1916 - Oct 22, 2015
Bernard George Berger (Bernie), of Lander, Wyoming passed away October 22, 2015.

He was born August 21, 1916 in Muscatine, Iowa to Maude May (Wilson) Berger and Bernard George Berger. He graduated from the local high school and four years later from Iowa Wesleyan College with a B.A. Degree in Biology. He continued his studies at the University of Illinois, majoring in Entomology and received his M.A. Degree.

He began working for the State of Illinois at the Natural History Survey, located on the University of Illinois campus as a specialist on insects and man and domestic animals. Four years later he was an entomologist for Arwell, a large mid-western pest control company.

He purchased and developed several pest control companies in Ohio and Indiana. In 1978, he retired to Lander, Wyoming to pursue his love of hunting, fishing, and looking for petrified wood. Until recently, Bernie was an active member of Rotary, and contributed to the Museum of the American West and Central Wyoming College.

Bernie is survived by his wife, Helen, a daughter, Bonnie (Bowling Green, OH); three grandchildren: Stephen Casher (Billings, MT), Bonnie Martens (Springfield, OH), and Mindy White (Springfield, OH); seven great grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces including Roger Mardock of Lander. He was preceded in death by his son Stephen Berger, brothers Donald Berger and Robert Berger, and sister June Mardock.

Memorials may be made to the Museum of the American West through Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, Wyoming 82501.

A memorial service for the family will follow in the future.