John Fredrick Berger


John Fredrick Berger, age 89, Clark, formerly of Lake City, the husband of Arlene (Hegseth) Berger, died peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2020, in the De Smet Memorial Hospital with family by his side.

A PUBLIC visitation time, with CDC guidelines in place, will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020, from noon until 2:00 PM at the Furness Funeral Home Chapel in Clark.

A PRIVATE funeral service will be held Friday afternoon in the Furness Funeral Home Chapel at Clark with The Reverend Mindy Ehrke officiating. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Clark. Casketbearers will be members of John's family.

He was born to Oscar and Hattie Berger on February 25, 1931. He grew up and helped on the family farm near Lake City, SD. He raised animals and farmed the land. He played baseball and softball. He loved to hunt and fish.

He married Arlene Hegseth at Viking Lutheran Church of rural Wyndmere, ND on June 8, 1958. They had three daughters, Mary, Ruth, and Janel. He sheared sheep for many of the surrounding area farmers. They attended the First Lutheran Church in Lake City and in Britton, SD. They moved to Clark, SD, in 1989. He enjoyed being a farm hand for farmers around Henry, SD. He was an avid bowler in Britton and in Clark, SD. He was thrilled to be on the winning team at the age of 85.

He took pride in and loved to work in his garden. He shared his garden produce with those around Clark. He was a member of the Clark County Historical Society and St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Thankful to have shared his life are his wife, 3 daughters, Mary (Duane) Aldrich of DeSmet, SD, Ruth (Darrel) Haugerud of Watertown, SD, and Janel (Mike) Downs of Wilton, CT. Six grandchildren: Stacey (Richard) Johnsen, Amanda Singrey, Christopher Rider and Kaylene Rider, Nathan Downs, and Isaac Downs. Four great-grandchildren: April Singrey, Clayton Johnsen, Cole Johnsen, and Giselle Tandoh. Many nieces, nephews, 4 sisters-in-law and 1 brother-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 3 brothers-in-law, 2 nephews, 1 son-in-law and 1 sister-in-law.

Condolences may be sent to: Arlene Berger, 207 Grant St, Clark, SD 57225. Services are with the Furness Funeral Home where there is an online registry at


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