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Berk was a kind, gentle but driven person who was a joy to be around. I loved watching the expressions on his face as he sat in his seat at Okoboji Summer Theatre. He responded so enthusiastically to the music and laughed genuinely at the comedies. He was a vital and very important citizen of the Iowa Great Lakes Region and will be missed immensely.
- During his years in Congress Berk was active and productive representing Iowa's then 6th district. Serving on the House Agriculture Committee, he was a pioneer in stressing the dangers of climate control. His actions for the farm community and the encouragement of youth in politics were notable. During his earlier years directing affairs at Berkley and Company, he was an ever present friend to everyone. Starting in1966, I was fortunate to have been an employee and friend. Berk's announced goal for the company was "TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR BERKLEY EMLPLOYEES". He certainly did for Betty and me.
- This is Betty, Berk was a wonderful friend to us and so many people. We have so many wonderful memories with Berk and Eli. He always greeted us as if we were just the people he was waiting to see when he had a dinner for a couple hundred of his closest friends. We loved him and we miss him.
Grandpa: When I was little, too little to remember how old I was, I was fishing with grandpa, yea I know who would have thought, from John Ferman’s dock. We were bobber fishing and I dropped my pole in the water. Grandpa stripped down to his skivvies and jumped in the water to retrieve it. I know, most of you are surprised he did not just jump in cloths and all. Knowing what I know now I am a bit surprised as well. At the time, I remember thinking I really need to hold on to my pole as I should not be making my grandpa jump into the lake. He retried my pole, no reprimand, nothing but kind words, and we got back to fishing.
Trudy and I could not have had better neighbors than Elinor and Berk. We lived across the hall at Moorings Park in Naples.We moved here from Minneapolis so Berk's Mpls stories of his conversion to the Democratic party by his brother-in-law, Arthur Naftalin, who was to become Mayor, were important to us as the four of us were the only Democrats in the building and it seemed in Naples.
Berk's memory, leadership, intelligence, kindness, compassion and sense of responsibility for others was unique and he would have thoughtful opinions in resident meetings and conclude his remarks by telling all of us he loved us and our loving each other was so important. We miss our neighbor Berk. He reminded us of our responsibilities to each other and the world we live in. His apartment remains empty for now and it seems fitting for the loss we all feel. We are grateful for the 8 years of friendship and the life lessons he shared with us.