Dr. Ivan Berg

dr. ivan berg
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Dr. Ivan Berg, 87, West Fargo, died peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Eventide Sheyenne Crossings, West Fargo. Ivan was born on February 26, 1934, in Fargo, ND, to Teman “Tim” and Ida (Enger) Berg. He graduated from West Fargo High School in 1952 and attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. He transferred to the University of Minnesota College of Agriculture to finish his pre-veterinary requirements and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1956. He went on to complete his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the U. of M. in 1960. His first professional position was at the Medford Veterinary Clinic in Medford, WI, from 1960-1964. Ivan married Janice Anderson on August 27, 1960, at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN. They made their first home in Medford, WI, where two of their 3 children were born. They moved back to ND in 1964 and welcomed their third child in 1965. Dr. Berg worked at Valley Veterinary Hospital in Fargo for a year before beginning a long career at the North Dakota State University Department of Veterinary Science from 1965 until his retirement in 1997. Twenty-seven of his 31 years at NDSU were spent in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, having been certified as an Anatomic Veterinary Pathologist. During a sabbatical in 1973 at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, he earned a postgraduate diploma in Veterinary Pathology. Dr. Berg was a member of the American Veterinary Association, the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and was the Secretary/Treasurer for the ND Veterinary Medicine Association for 12 years. He was named ND Veterinarian of the Year in 1986. He also enjoyed serving as advisor to the NDSU rodeo team for a few years. Ivan was an active member of Horace Lutheran Church in Horace, ND, serving in many different capacities including council president, choir, and praise team. He was a founding member of the Horace Lions Club and received the Melvin Jones award. His hobbies included cycling, photography, reading, and enjoying all kinds of music, describing himself as a guitar “strummer.” Ivan was one of seven members of the local hit comedy musical group “Ole’s Octet,” serving as master of ceremonies, vocalist, and guitarist for their 147 performances during the 1980’s through early 90’s before the group retired after 11 years. He and Janice enjoyed several years of wintering in Arizona and traveled often to visit family and friends. A highlight among their many trips was celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in Norway with their children in 2000. Ivan is survived by his wife, Janice; children Christine Berg and Linda (Steve) Azure all of Camano Island, WA, and Kari (Jim) Graber of Fargo, ND; grandchildren Claire (Duncan) Clauson, Grant Azure, Anne Marie Azure, Noel Azure, Meaghann Graber, Alec (Kayla) Graber, and Maari Graber; great grandchild Lachlan Clauson; brother Paul T. (Shirley) Berg of Fargo, ND; cousins and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank the staff at Eventide Sheyenne Crossings Care Center and Ethos Hospice for their kindness, care, and support for Ivan. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, at Horace (N.D.) Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Horace Lutheran Church (www.horacelutheran.org), the Alzheimer’s Association of MN and ND (www.alz.org/mnnd), or Ethos Home Care and Hospice (www.ethoscare.org). Dr. Ivan's Video Tribute can be viewed below:

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  1. Chris and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Your dad was an amazing man. So glad we got to meet him. Wishing peace for your family as you celebrate his life.

  2. My dog and I enjoyed stopping and visiting with Ivan as we passed through the dining area to visit my dad. We could see he was passionate about animal care as Ivan would say ” come her you” as he checked Jazz over. Very sorry for your loss.

  3. Kari, so sorry to see this, thinking of you and your family during this time. Still remember the time I spent with your family and our science fair project, thanks to your dad.

  4. Dear Chris and Family – Bob and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad! I probably had been told he was a vet but have forgotten. Would have loved to have sat down and talked and listened to him tell his stories. He sounds like he was an awesome awesome man. One of the saddest things in life is meeting someone and saying “oh I know him” but actually not knowng the person at all! You are all in our Thoughts and Prayers at this time. God has His arms wrapped around you in Love and Peace!

  5. To Ivan’s family — please accept my condolences. He will be greatly missed by many. My prayers are with his family. Sorry for your loss.

    A former member of Horace Lutheran Church now living in Henderson, Nevada.

  6. Mary and I know that Ivan just had to be a very special husband, father, teacher and friend to all he encountered in his time on this earth. We got to appreciate him during our four years as students in the U of M school of Veterinary Medicine. He was our “best man” in our wedding at the Bygland Lutheran Church up the road from Fargo in 1958. Three years ago, we were vacationing from Colorado in Detroit Lakes so had the opportunity to visit Janice and Ivan. Considering all at that time, we felt the visit was special for everyone.
    A very special colleague and friend.
    Godspeed Ivan!
    LaRue and Mary Johnson
    Fort Collins, Colorado

  7. Wising you peace and comfort in this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of Ivan. He leaves an amazing legacy in his wonderful family. Much love.

  8. Janice and family l’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Ivan. Leo and Ivan can now continue watching the Bison together. Prayers to you at this difficult time. My Leo will be gone a year now on Dec. 13 th. You know as I it’s hard not having then by our side. You take care and God Bless!

  9. My condolences to Ivan’s friends and family. My dad Reuben Meyers worked in the Vet Science at NDSU for 46 years, retiring in 1982. I remember going to work with my dad so I could get a ride at least 1/2 way to school (walked from NDSU to Ben Franklin and North High). Many morning and afternoons hanging out, making rounds in the barn, the arena etc. it seems like only yesterday when find memories are close. Blessed are those whom come into our lives, no matter how short or long. Thank you, for sharing Iver with so many. — June (Meyers) Lundstrom

  10. So sorry for your loss. Ivan would visit my dad(Robert Brink) often. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Dear Janice and girls. I was privileged to work with your Dad for at leas 14 years. He was a kind soul, a heck of a pathologist, a most respected colleague and a kind friend, he servervef his colleagues and clients, no matter what the weather. His NDVMA contributions remain priceceless and his memories define a talented, kind doctor. May he rest peacefully in heaven

  12. Ivan was a wonderful mentor to me during our years at the University of Minnesota. He continued to faithfully assist us as we practiced the challenging field of Veterinary Medicine. He is missed by so many.

  13. As a young veterinarian in the mid 1970’s, I developed a great deal of respect for the for the very talented Dr. Berg. He always seemed calm. His professional advice was sound and knowledgeable, but never condescending. He was an asset for NDSU and the veterinarians of North Dakota.

  14. My sincere condolences to all of the family. I had the honor of spending time with Ivan a few years ago and getting to know him and the entire family. He loved his family, profession and community. It was an honor to know him. He had such a great sense of humor and was a wonderful story teller. I certainly enjoyed a few beers with Ivan along with some Fargo area history! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. So sad to hear of our beloved Uncle Ivan’s passing. May he find eternal rest in our Heavenly Father. Love to our Aunt Janice and all our cousins and their families. We look forward to the day when we can visit again.

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