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John Michael Berg

February 12, 1943 ~ June 20, 2020 (age 77)


John Michael Berg of Moscow died Saturday, June 20, 2020 at his home. He was 77.

John was born February 12, 1943 in Moscow to Robert H. and Clarice L. (Hart) Berg. He attended Moscow schools, graduating from Moscow High in 1961. After high school he worked as s fire fighter for the National Forest Service in Avery, ID.

He and Parmalee Moos were married in 1961 and they had their first child, a son, Derrick in 1962. John attended the University of Idaho while working at Crites Warehouse. In 1967 he graduated with a business degree, and they had a second child, a daughter, Stacy.

Following graduation John worked for Del Monte (living in Wapato and Zilla), returning to Moscow in 1969, working for Dumas Seed Co.

In 1970 he moved his family to Oregon where he started his 25 year career as a deputy and detective for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department. During that tenure he served in a variety of assignments, including patrol, detective, forest service, river patrol and hazmat.

Divorced in 1975, John maintained residence in Sandy, Oregon. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working out. He married Karen Ilene White in 1982 and together they enjoyed living along the Sandy River until 2002. At that time he returned to his Moscow roots where together they built their “dream home” that they have shared with family and friends since.

John is survived by his wife of 38 years, Karen, at their Moscow home, his son Derrick Berg of Hillsboro, OR and daughter, Stacy Bahns (Brad) in Sherwood, OR., A step-son Bill White (Tana) and a step-daughter, Kim Rispler (Todd), all in Gresham, OR.

He also leaves grandchildren, Brittany Berg, Taylor Rispler, Jakob White, Carter Bahns, Hannah Rispler, Jesse White and Delaney Bahns along with a sister, Barbara Wisnaes in Virginia and brothers, Gary Berg (Chris) in Gresham, OR and Tim Berg (LeeAnn) in Moscow.

John was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carol Woodward.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Oregon at a time to be announced.

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