Eivend Arthur Berge, son of Evan and Emma (Holen) Berge, was born February 19, 1934, in Greenbush, Minn. He grew up on a farm in Huss Township and attended rural School District #99. He was baptized and confirmed in Zion Lutheran Church, near his home. Art’s first job was hauling gravel to help build Highway #32 from Strathcona to Middle River and then he worked for the Burlington Railroad Company. He later worked for Einar Johnson hauling cattle to the Fargo stockyards. Finally, he worked at Polaris Industries before deciding to farm. Art married Kathryn Werner on July 6, 1979, with Kathy’s father, Rev. Edwin H. Werner, performing the ceremony. Art served on the Huss Township board for 33 years, served on the Roseau County Township Officers Association Executive Board, and served on the Roseau County Community ASC Committee Board. Art farmed through 1991 and then rented out his land and worked for S&F Farms. He retired from farming the fall of 2009 at the age of 75. Art was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and ushered faithfully for over 50 years, first at Zion and then at Bethel. Art also served on the church counsel. He loved his family and loved spending time with them. He enjoyed auction sales, drinking coffee with friends, camping, and traveling. Art and Kathy moved to Bradenton, Florida, the fall of 2009, but moved back to Greenbush the spring of 2012. They continued to go to Florida for the winters.
Art is survived by his wife, Kathryn, Greenbush, Minn.; daughter, Kristin (Jake) Montgomery, Lawrence, Kan.; son, Jason (Christa) Berge, Jamestown, N.D.; one grandson, James Montgomery, many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Art is preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; sister, Christine Svegdahl; brother, Harvey Berge; brother-in-law, Norman Svegdahl; sister in law, Lois Berge; and niece, KayLynn Berge.
Art died of kidney failure on Feb. 3, 2021, at the age of 86 years. A private family memorial service was held June 12 with Kathy’s brother, Pastor Mark Werner, officiating.
Interment was held at Bethel Lutheran Cemetery in Greenbush.
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