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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Obituary: Donald L. Berger

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  • Donald L. Berger, 78, died in his brother’s home in Peabody on Sunday (Oct. 7, 2012). He was born on Feb. 13, 1934, in Newton to Rienold and Cora (Williams) Berger. He was one of 10 children. He attended Newton High School. He was a member of the National Guard and was later drafted into the U.S. Army in 1956. He served in Korea from 1957 to 1958. He was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad and retired after 30 years of service. He enjoyed working with automobiles, especially automobile engines. He actively built and competed in drag racing events in the 1960s. He was an active volunteer for the Kansas Aviation Museum. He helped restore the museum and passionately volunteered to restore the DOC B 29 airplane for 12 years. He is survived by three brothers, Ervin Berger of Peabody, Allen Berger of Haysville and William (Bill) Berger of Tennessee; four sisters, Etta Moe Welty of Wichita, Bonnie Emerson of Marietta, Wilma Johnson of Basehor, and Margie Heibert of Wichita. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Nelson and Wilbur Berger. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 28, 2012) at the Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita. A memorial has been set up for the United States Aviation Museum/DOC B 29 Restoration Project. Visit www.petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com. 
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