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Robert ‘Jerry’ Berger, 81, told many tales on Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier

Robert ‘Jerry’ Berger

WILMINGTON — Robert “Jerry” Berger, 81, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at home due to complications with Alzheimer’s.

Mr. Berger was born Nov. 9, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio, son of the late Robert and Ruth Berger. He retired as a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and later went on to retire from International Paper.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Berger, of Milford, Ohio, and their four children, Angela Chalker of Fayetteville, Brian Berger of Leland; Robert Berger of Wrightsboro, and Sarah Brown of Wilmington; five siblings, David Berger of Texas; Denny Evans of Virginia, Mark Berger of Ohio, Richard Berger of Texas and Sharon Nieman of Ohio; three grandchildren, Kathleen Hilbourn, Mary Washam and William Berger; as well as three great-grandchildren, Ariel, Krystal and Ean Marshall.

Jerry was an avid and skillful saltwater fisherman, he could catch any fish anytime, anywhere. He kept an eye out for people trying to steal his fishing holes. He very rarely told tales of the one that got away, unless he was on Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier. This is where he told many colorful and wonderful fishing lies. We will miss his tales.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, at St. Mark Catholic Church. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville.

Donations in Jerry’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Fisher Center.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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