Frederick ‘Fred’ Lee Berger

PITTSBURG — Frederick “Fred” Lee Berger, 74, of Pittsburg passed away at 4:05 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at his home.

He was born May 29, 1945, at Pittsburg the son of Wilber and Naomi (King) Berger. Fred attended school in Pittsburg and graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1963.

Fred married and later divorced Joyce Allmon and also Loretta Rogers. From those unions came eight children and one stepson.

He worked several jobs, including Harry’s Café and Yellow Transit. His main career was with Kansas City Southern Railroad. He finished his working career at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant near Parsons and Modine Manufacturing, Joplin.

Membership was held in Mount Hebron Baptist Church, but he had attended Grace United Methodist Church for the last 25 years.

Fred loved tinkering with older cars and trucks. He also found a love for traveling, which he did with his love, Susie Taylor.

Survivors include his significant other, Susie Taylor of the home; two sons, John Berger (Kristi) of Afton, Oklahoma, and Cordell Berger of Pittsburg; five daughters, Jewell Burns of Pittsburg, Crystal Johnson (Kelvin) of Parsons, Rosetta Allmon of Kansas City, Ericka Berger and Courtney Imhof, both of Pittsburg; a stepson, Stacy Reaves; four sisters, Wilma Smith of Independence, Missouri, Myrtle Berger of Michigan City, Indiana, Francis Ajani of Pittsburg and Linda Evans of Michigan City, Indiana; 24 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Clayton Allmon; four sisters, Veoma Grant, Leona Berger, Claire Johnson and Phillistine Vann; and a brother, Wilber Kent Berger.

Fred has been cremated. There will be a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, with the Rev. Linda Stotler and the Rev. Darrell Dorsey officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time. Private family burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Grace United Methodist Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 114 E. Fourth St., Pittsburg, KS 66762.

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