Roger Lee Berg passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at the age of 84.
Born on February 16, 1937 in Santa Ana, California to the late, David (Bob) and Joyce Berg. Roger was raised in California and graduated from Sequoia High School in 1954.
In 1958 he was commissioned to the United States Navy after graduating from the University of Illinois, where he majored in Metallurgical Engineering, received minors in Physics, Chemistry and Foreign Languages (Spanish, French and German).
After being awarded Navy Wings his flying career began. During active duty Roger flew over 10 types of aircraft. Roger had many deployments including some to Chile, Panama, Cuba, Spain, Japan and Vietnam.
He was involved as a Communication Engineer, including designing hardware and software systems for the Navy Communications Satellite Asset Management System.
Roger served dutifully and passionately until his retirement in 1983 where he was Deputy Director Of Space Defense Operations, NORAD/ADCOM.
After retiring from active duty, he had a rewarding career as he continued to utilize his expertise and his work ethic while supporting several defense companies.
He was a strong and knowledgeable leader. As he loved to learn himself, Roger enhanced and provided guidance to many, as he shared his knowledge with those he worked with.
Roger was a great story teller but very humble, as he rarely shared about his own accomplishments. He received many awards and military merit for outstanding professional skill and expeditious application of superior job knowledge.
Two significant accomplishments included being the First Naval Officer to be awarded Air Force Space Badge and Designated Navy Subspecialist in Communications, Space Operations.
Roger was involved at the First United Methodist Church where he enjoyed ushering every Sunday morning. Roger, and his wife Jane, volunteered with many organizations. They enjoyed travelling, round dancing and their time with the Broadmoor Waltz Club. Roger loved computers, fishing, gardening and woodworking.
Roger is survived by his loving and devoted wife of forty years, Jane; children, Karen (Paul) Secord, Kevin (Carolyn) Berg, Stephen (Patsy) Berg, Michael Booth, Marta Willmott, Cathy (Rob) Picken, Jana (Trent) Cleverley, Mark Booth; grandchildren, Lance, Melissa, Chris, Jessie (Brigette), Joshua, Shaun, Tammy, Stephanie, Kelsey (Tanikko), Cameron, Devon (Courtney), Cassandra, Macenzie, Brenna, Montana; great grandchildren Lili Ana, Meleah, Bennie, Octavia, Rhett and Smith; great great grandchild Alina. Special extended family include Victor, Burt and Ruthie, the McPherson family, along with numerous uncles, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Roger was preceded in death by his father and mother, his former wife, Shirley Berg and grandson, Joshua Welder.
Roger will be forever loved and deeply missed by all those he leaves behind here on earth, to cherish his memory.
The memorial service will be held at Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E Fountain Blvd, CS 80910 on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, consider making a memorial donation to the FUMC John Wesley Ranch Retreat Centre in honor of Roger Berg at www.fumc-cs.org/the-ranch2 or call 719.471.8522