Louis John Berka

Louis John Berka, 87, of Bryan, passed away Wednesday December 28, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan. Visitation will be from 5 to 7p.m., Thursday, December 29, 2011, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. A Graveside service is set for 11 a.m., Friday, December 30, at Smetana Cemetery. Service arrangements are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home.

Louis was born May 18, 1924, in Brazos County to John and Anna Kocman Berka. Having lived in Bryan his entire lifetime, he worked for Corbusier Chevrolet and he also worked for Texas A&M University. Louis served in the Army during WWII and received the distinguished Purple Heart Award. He was known for his passion for gardening and growing organic tomatoes and vegetables, as well as honeybees.

He was preceded in death by his wife Clara Berka, his brother Henry, his sister Emily, and his parents.

Survivors include his daughter, Cynthia Jones, of Bryan; grandson, Darrell Daniel and wife Crystal, of Bryan; two great grandsons, Darrell Jr., and Coleton, of Bryan; special friends John and Nancy Ragsdale, and Oscar and Dorothy Wolff.

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  1. I remember Louis as a gentle soul who married my cousin Clara in mid-life after they both had previous marriages. They seemed to be soul mates. I’d see them over the years at family reuinions, weddings, funerals, etc. Louis never had a lot to say, but he was obviously devoted to Clara and she to him. After we lost Clara last year, Louis’s health declined along with his memory. I remember visiting him at the Sherwood when he would ask me where Clara was and why she wasn’t visiting him……so sad. Then in the next breath, he would be telling me about a battle he fought in WWII, but he never told me he received the Purple Heart. Thank you for your service, Louis….That’s the kind of man I’ll remember, one devoted to his loved ones, and a gentle soul who never mentioned his accomplishments……RIP Louis,I know Clara was waiting for you at the Pearly Gates and I’m sure God has the perfect place for you to do your gardening…..♥

  2. To express our deep sympathies to you on your loss. We thank Mr. Berka for serving our country in the U.S. Army during WW II. You were a member of “the greatest generation”. May God’s Speed Be With This Soldier & His Family.
    John Hince
    Commander
    cjo

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