Joseph Ray Berg of Baneberry, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the age of 92. Joe is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doris Berg, nee Topper, his daughter Janalee Blair, six grandchildren, Ryan Wagoner, Lindsey Ingolia (John), Joseph Blair, Maria Jones(Brandon), Mary Catherine Blair, and Trevor Billings, and two great grandsons, James and Leo Ingolia. Joe was preceded in death by his parents Joseph Neal and Mary Jane Berg of Indianhead, Pennsylvania, two daughters, Christa Rae Billings and Cindra Jo Wagoner, and one great granddaughter, Carol Christine Ingolia of St. Louis, Missouri.
Joe Ray was born on September 9, 1928, and grew up in Indianhead, Pennsylvania. His dad and uncle owned a boy’s camp there and Joe enjoyed many adventures in the mountains around Camp Mohawk. Joe graduated from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army, primarily at Brook Army Medical Hospital at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.Texas.
Joe met his wife Doris when they both worked for Corkran, Hill, & Co., a meat packing plant in Baltimore, Maryland. When they joined the company duck pin bowling league, they were paired up because he had one of the higher averages and she had one of the lower averages. In duck pins it is pretty challenging to break 100. Joe told Doris that he would take her out for a banana split the first time she got 100. She got 99 several times but just could not make it to 100. Finally, he could wait no longer and they went out for that banana split. Over their 65 years together, they have enjoyed many more banana splits together.
In the early 60’s Corkhill became part of Swift & Co. and the company transferred Joe to various places across the Midwest as he spearheaded the automation of their hog buying operation. In 1973, Joe left Swift and moved with Doris and his three girls to Kansas. Joe successfully managed Pork Packers in Downs, Kansas, for many years, and about 20 years ago, he and Doris retired and moved to Baneberry, Tennessee, to pursue their love of golf and to enjoy the beautiful mountains. Finally, he had more time to spend on woodworking and gardening, filling his yard with a wide variety of plants and trees, feeding the hummingbirds, and spoiling his dogs and grand-dogs.
He is loved and respected by so many people across the country, friends and family alike. Whether you called him Joe Ray, Dad, PomPom, Uncle Joe, Daddy Joe, Jose, Berg, or just Joe, you know you were lucky to have had him in your life. One of his highest compliments was that someone had “ambition,” not so much that they climbed the professional ladder, but that they were motivated to do the best they could with the skills they had and to always do their best at whatever they set out to accomplish. He always held himself to the highest of standards. If our purpose on this earth is to leave it better than we found it, then Joe Berg has more than done his part.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 16, 2020 with the funeral service at 2:00 P.M. at Resthaven Chapel Mausoleum. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Boys Town, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, or St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
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