Larry Berg loved people and always had a positive outlook on life, said his daughter, Mari Shirer.
“He was a hard-working guy who served his country and served his community,” she said. “He had a great sense of humor. He was a true friend and a gentleman.”
Lawrence “Larry” Berg, 79, of Crown Point, died Oct. 5. He and his wife had owned The Village Pump in Glen Park. He had managed Nick’s Liquors, tended bar at Innsbrook Country Club and was a greeter at Burns Funeral Home.
He served in the Navy eight years, including the Korean War.
He was extremely proud of his family, and supported his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their endeavors.
He was always willing to go to a school play, a concert or a basketball game.
“He wanted to watch what kids were active in, and it made him very proud to watch them,” she said.
He enjoyed being active in his church. He enjoyed reading, especially histories and biographies, his daughter said.
Shirer said even in the last months of his life, people at his nursing home were impressed by his kind attitude and helpfulness.
“He made people feel good when they were with him,” she said.
He was a kind, gentle, sweet man, she said.
“He was never rich in money, but he was definitely rich with friendships and love,” she said. “He gave both freely and it came back to him.”