Eldon W. Berg, 99, of Arcadia, Wisconsin died peacefully on Tuesday, March 14, 2023
at Grand View Care Center, Blair, Wisconsin with family at his side.
Eldon was born in Independence, Wisconsin on January 27, 1924 to Melvin and Mabel
(Norlyn) Berg. He lived his entire life in rural Arcadia and the city of Arcadia. He was
raised on a farm in Newcomb Valley where he attended country school during his
elementary years and graduated from Arcadia High School in 1942. In 1945 he became
engaged to the love of his life, Helen Bernice Christianson, whom he married on June 14, 1947.
They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in 2022.
Eldon started his own general trucking business in 1942. He grew his trucking and milk
hauling business for fifteen years until 1957, when he sold the business.
In 1957, Eldon worked for the City of Arcadia in the Electric Utility Department and for
Leland Insurance Agency. In late 1957, Eldon joined Northern Investment Company
(NIC), headquartered in Independence, Wisconsin where he worked for 21-years (1957 –
1978) in auction and real estate services. Eldon loved the work. Over the span of his
career at NIC, he touched many people through his auction work, real estate transactions
and appraisals of real estate and personal property.
In 1978, Eldon joined the State Bank of Arcadia as the loan officer. During his tenure,
Eldon successfully started real estate and auction services at the bank. The bank
eventually sold these services, and the new company became known as Hometown
Realty and Auction Service. He devoted 8 years (1978 – 1986) to the State Bank of
Arcadia. Eldon said he retired in 1986, but he continued to work part-time clerking
auctions for Hometown Realty and Auction Service into his 80’s.
In addition to his business career, Eldon always found the time to lend a hand to a variety
of community, business, and church organizations. From 1964 through 1970, Eldon was
Arcadia’s First Ward Alderman, serving on the City Council. From 1969 through 1973,
Eldon served on the Arcadia Utility Board, three of these years as President of the Board.
Eldon was a member of Arcadia Lions Club, serving at its President in 1969-1970, Lions
Fest Chairman in 1983 and Lions Fest Co-Chairman in 1984. In 2006 he was the Lion’s
Club Fest Parade Marshall.
From 1986 to 2004, Eldon served as a Director and Vice President on the Board of
Directors of the 1st State Bank of Fountain City. From 1991 to 2014, Eldon served on the
Board of Directors of Arcadia Projects, Inc., a non-profit organization that donates
earnings from its trust fund to the community on an annual basis. In 2007, he received the
first Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce. In
2014, Eldon received the Arcadia Distinguished Alumni Award from the Arcadia School
Eldon was a faithful and active member of two churches, helping out in a variety of
capacities. From 1924 to 1968 he was a member of Fagernes Lutheran Church in rural
Blair, Wisconsin. From 1968 he was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Arcadia.
Eldon enjoyed many activities during his lifetime including road trip vacations
throughout the U.S. and Canada with his family, riding motorcycles and snowmobiles,
boating on the Mississippi River, golfing and attending grandkids sporting events.
The family gives special thanks to Sherry (Reck) Haines for her wonderful care of Eldon
and Helen over the last 5 years. Her care allowed them to live independently in their
Arcadia home. The family also gives thanks to St. Croix Hospice personnel for their
support and loving care of Eldon during his final days.
Eldon is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Dennis (Connie Rosenthal) Berg and Darrell
(Nancy Kamla) Berg; granddaughter, Briana (Tim) Braunschweig; grandson, Bennett
(Mariah Sendelbach) Berg, great-grandchildren, Greyson, Beau and Nora Braunschweig;
sister-in-law, Shirley (Utech) Berg; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2023 at Christ Lutheran
Church with Pastor David Johnson officiating. Family and friends are welcome for
visitation beginning at 11:30 a.m. until the time of service at church. Eldon will be laid to
rest in Fagernes Lutheran Cemetery in Blair. To express condolences to his family online,
please visit http://www.wozneykillianfh.com.
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