Ronald (Ron) H. Berg
Ronald (Ron) H. Berg, 75, of Baldwin City, Kansas (formerly of Concordia, Missouri) left those he loved on Jan. 27, 2018, after his long battle of cancer to join his lifelong sweetheart, Maureen (Liz) E. Berg.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Olathe, Kan. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, Kan. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at McGilley and Frye Funeral home in Olathe, Kan. Memorial donations can be made to the Ronald McDonald House and/or K.C. Hospice House.
Ron was a graduate of Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Mo., Missouri Valley College, and Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. In 1964 in Dallas, Texas, he met the love of his life on a blind date. He married Maureen Elizabeth (Liz) Roberts of Randolph, N.Y., on May 1, 1965 in Randolph. Ron is the son of the late David F. and the late Laura (Knapp) Berg.
Ron was a licensed embalmer and funeral director with licenses in Missouri and Kansas. He began his career working at Pfitizger Mortuary in Kirkwood. In 1964 he joined the Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry. In 1965, Ron and his wife Liz purchased the E.S. James Funeral Home in Concordia. Later, they purchased two more funeral homes in Sweet Springs and Blackburn. Ron and Liz worked side by side for 35 years in the mortuary business, serving four counties in these three communities. They retired in 2001 to Olathe, Kan., to be closer to their kids. They both remained in the funeral industry, working for Mt. Moriah and Freeman and the McGilley Memorial Chapels in Missouri and Kansas.
Ron never knew a stranger and loved telling jokes. He was involved in many organizations throughout his life, including Boy Scouts of America, Jaycees, Lions Club, Civic Club, Chamber of Commerce for Concordia and Sweet Springs, and was a member of Tri-City Country Club Committee and the Knights of Columbus to name a few.
Ron was a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors Association for over 50 years. He was President of MFDA in 1998-1999 and District Director for MFDA, while also serving on the National Board of Directors. In recognition of service to Lions Eye Tissue Bank, he was recognized with a distinguished service award from the University of Missouri Eye Research. His hobbies were playing golf and fishing with his family.
Ron is survived by his four children, Ron Jr. (wife Sheri Stamper) of Belton, Mike (wife Amy) of Baldwin City, Kan., Mary Berg (Groves) (husband Brent) of Olathe, Kan., and Tim (wife Wendy) Baldwin City; seven grandchildren, Drew, Alison, Chad, Nick, Alex, Jake and Lauren; one great-grandchild, Grace; his brother Dave (wife Emmy) Berg of Columbia; his brother in-law, Tom (wife Lou) Roberts of Chesterton, Ind.; sister in-law Mary Ruth (husband Dr. Robert) Rasey of Olean, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years and 11 months; his parents, David and Laura Berg; and his sister, Dawn Kopff.