Alfred Berke, Jr. Obituary

Alfred  Berke, Jr.
Alfred Berke, Jr.
Alfred Berke, Jr.

September 30, 1923 - September 6, 2009
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Our dad, Alfred Berke, Jr, age 85, resident of Des Moines, entered into eternal peace on Sunday September 6, 2009. "Berke" was preceded in death by our loving mother, LaDonna. Dad died of natural causes here in Des Moines. Dad was born September 30, 1923, in Sioux City, Iowa. Our dad was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp and participated in action against the enemy at New Guinea, Cape Glousester, New Britian Islands, Paul Islands and Okinawa. Dad also served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea.

Dad was employed by Northwestern Bell for 45 years until his retirement. He served on the Telco Credit Union Board in several capacities. He was a Mason with the Firefighter Brigade of Za-Ga-Zig Shriners. Dad was an avid hunter and fisherman. The Animal Rescue League was his favorite charity.

Dad was a beloved father and grandfather. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kevin and Mike Dennis; his son Kelly Berke and son Kurt Berke; son-in-law Bill Dodd; his two grandsons, Ryan Dennis and Chris Dennis; one sister Darlene Miller of California and one brother Merlin Berke of Alaska; and of course his beloved dog Buster Berke.

Services will be Friday, September 11, 2009, at Westover Funeral Home, 6337 Hickman, with visitation at 4 p.m. followed by services at 5 p.m. Cremation will follow, burial will be held on Mill Lake in Alexandria Minnesota. Dad's second home.

A gathering of friends and family will follow at a "Celebration of Life' at Christopher's in Beaverdale at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Animal Rescue League of Central Iowa.

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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, September 11, 2009
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Westover Funeral Home
Friday, September 11, 2009
5:00 PM