Ivan M. “Ike” Berger, 88, of Epworth, passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at his home in Epworth, surrounded by his family.

Visitation was held from 2-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral home in Epworth, where the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department met in a body at 6:30 p.m. Friends also called after 9 a.m., Thursday at the Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ike was held at 10:30 Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Epworth, with the Rev. James Bergin SVD presiding and the Rev. Michael Schueller concelebrating. Mass servers were Sam Krapfl and Carrie Krapfl. Lectors were Gwen Hall-Driscoll and Sheila Pitts. Eucharistic Ministers were Dorrance McDermott and Mike Fagerlind. Placing of the pall was done by Judy Berger, Marty Berger, Patti McDermott, Thomas Berger and Bill Berger. Giftbearers were Shelby McDermott, Jamie Berger and Rod Berger. Burial was held in St. Patrick Cemetery in Epworth, with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650 and the Epworth Fire Department, which presented the Striking the Four Fives.

An Honorary Escort was given by the Epworth Fire Department and the Honorary members of the Epworth Fire Department.

Casketbearers for Ike were Rick Ross, Curt Callahan, Bill McGovern, Barry McDermott, Dave Koerperich, Steve Then, Rick Koerperich and Mooch Kramer.

Ike was born Nov. 30, 1930 in Epworth, son of Samuel and Violet (Boyes) Berger. On May 4, 1957 he was united in marriage to Judy Hall at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Epworth. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 42 years, retiring in 1994. He is a Marine Corp Veteran.

He was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Epworth, of the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650 and of Timberline Golf Course. He was a 28-year member of the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department, retiring as Assistant Chief.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Berger, of Epworth; four children, Marty (Janet) Berger, Patti (Gary) McDermott and Thomas “Cheese” (Lisa) Berger all of Epworth and Bill (LaRee Landt) Berger, of Hiawatha; three grandchildren, Jaime (Clayton Schuneman) Berger, Rod (Sarah) Berger and Shelby McDermott (& Spencer Wolfe); a great-grandchild, Anya Schuneman; a sister, Theda Hall, of Graf; and a sister-in-law, Gayle Hall, of Epworth.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three siblings and their spouses, Norma (Clayton) Brady, Bette (Gene) Goetzinger and Art (Linda) Berger; two brothers-in-law, Thomas Hall and Bobby Hall.

The family of Ike would like to thank the Epworth Fire Department, Dr. Schultheis, Dr. Engelman, the oncology nurses and staff at Medical Associates, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Scott, neighbors, friends and all of his golf buddies at Timberline Golf Course.

Memorials for Ike may be given to the Epworth Fire Department or the Epworth John White American Legion #650.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com