Kaare Berge was born December 14, 1925 in Helgen, Telemark, Norway, and died March 13, 2017 in Brush Prairie, WA.
He was predeceased by parents: Gulaug Skori Berge and Knute Berge; four sisters: Anna Berge, Klara Berge, Gudrun Berge Throleson, and Gunhild Berge Johnson; five brothers: Olaf Berge, Alfred Berge, Karl Berge, Torger Berge and Art Berge and by his wife: Mildred Koskiniemi Berge.
He is survived by his children: Sara Berge Emerick (Steve), Sonja Berge Chandler (Peter), Gail Berge Gunderson (Peder) and Jim Berge (Gwen); 12 grandchildren: Megan Emerick Schneider, Kathryn Emerick Nealey, Kevin Emerick, Grant Emerick, Kate Chandler, Ross Chandler, Emily Gunderson, Nathan Gunderson, Grace Gunderson, Corey Berge, Paige Berge and Philip Berge; and one great granddaughter.
Kaare grew up farming in ND. Following service in the Korean War, where he received the Bronze Star, he went to college and became a teacher. He taught HS math in the Midwest, Portland, OR and Grass Valley, OR where he returned to his roots with a cattle and wheat ranch. He was defined by his steady faith in Christ. A quiet and unassuming man, his kindness and understanding impacted everyone who met him. His presence made the world a better place.
Funeral service March 25, 2017, First Baptist Church of Grass Valley, OR. Lunch following. Private internment at Willamette National cemetery.
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