Bernardus Jacobus Willem Berg

bernardus berg

September 13, 1949 ~ June 26, 2022

Born in: Delft, The Netherlands
Resided in: Lexington, Texas

Bernardus Berg, 72, of Lexington, passed away at home on Sunday, June 26, 2022. He was known as Ben by family and friends and often as Mr. Ben or Wooden Shoes.

Ben was born in Delft, The Netherlands, on September 13, 1949. He studied philosophy and engineering at the University in Nijmegen and served as Recording Secretary to the PSP City Councilperson. He worked as an electrician in Paris and as an Adaptation Technician at a school in the Netherlands. He was always proud of his Dutch citizenship, keeping up with the news and taking family to visit regularly.

Ben fell in love with Carolyn and moved to the US in 1982. He was a homemaker and stay at home Dad to their kids, working tirelessly on their land, building a house, and raising animals. Active in the community, Ben attended school board meetings, 4-H activities and was the first President of the Lee County Wildlife Association.

His beloved parents Jacobus and Janny Berg de Koster precede him in death.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Carolyn Shirley; her daughter Amy and husband Keith Drosche and their two kids, Kate and Luke; their son, Nathan and wife Amy Shirlberg and their three kids, Cody, Carson, and Courtney; their daughter Leslie and husband Shawn Allman and their son Ryker.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Brazos Valley – La Grange or the Blue Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as the Fire Chief for 20 years.

A private family gathering will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

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  1. Hi Ben, you came into my life in 1965 at the Technical University in Rotterdam. We both lived in Delft, less than a mile from each other. We became friends although we were so different. I remember your teenage room with pictures of John F Kennedy and that you had to go to the hairdesser every fortnite. In the sixties! That explains your hair dressing in the years after.
    We hitch hiked a lot. We ran away for the tear gass in Paris in 1968! We enjoyed the Pink Floyd free concert in Hyde Park London.
    You startend a political movement in your new home town Nijmegen with the name Nothing, saying “If you believe in nothing, vote for us”. But you were not a nihilist. On the contrary. You were always looking for adventure, for new things. You have seen the last performance of Jimy Hendrix on the Isle of Wright. You camped there with your own flag with a Hill on it (Berg is Mountain in Dutch) and you named yourself Jimmy McHill.
    You left this planet and will be an enrichment to everybody in Afterlife

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will miss wooden shoes. Calvin & Lynette Patschke

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