Obituary: Darrell I. von Berg

June 4, 1931 – Aug. 1, 2019 

Darrell Ivan von Berg, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, fell asleep in the loving arms of his daughters at home and awoke in the arms of the Lord. Loving husband of the late Marlene (Kietzmann) von Berg and forever cherished father of Tammy (Dann) O’Connell of Muskego and Jane Kohl of Pewaukee. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Beverly and (George) Kehlenbrink and brother Daniel Von Berg. He will be remembered by special friend Virgil Doell, sister-in-law Carola Von Berg, and other relatives and friends.

He was born in Milwaukee to Ivan Benjamin von Berg and Rosabel Marie (Forster) von Berg. He graduated from West Allis Central High School in 1949 and achieved a BS in geography from UW-Milwaukee. He joined the Air Force during the Korean War. Darrell married the love of his life, Marlene Ann Kietzmann, on March 2, 1953, at Holy Ghost Church in Milwaukee.

Darrell worked for Briggs & Stratton in Milwaukee for 27 years. He formerly lived in New Berlin, and later in life, they built a log home on Glidden Drive in Door County. His beloved Marlene passed away June 7, 2001, after 48 years of marriage. Darrell shared wonderful moments with special friend Virgil Doell.

While in Door County, Darrell was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and a 4th degree Knight of Columbus with the Msgr. Broens Council #2478, and he volunteered at the local historical society, Maritime Museum and Humane Society. Both he and Marlene were members of the Civil Air Patrol. Darrell loved flying and became a glider pilot. He also designed and built their three homes. He was a lifelong learner and man of many talents and especially enjoyed woodworking, traveling, inventing and bowling.

Darrell’s life will be honored with a mass of Christian burial, celebrated at 3 pm on Thursday, Aug. 8, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 811 W. Juniper St. in Sturgeon Bay, with Fr. Ryan Krueger as celebrant and Dcn. Mark Hibbs assisting. Visitation will be held at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, on Aug. 8, 1 pm until the time of closing prayers at 2:30 pm, followed by the procession to church.

Services will also be held at 11 am on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Prairie Home Cemetery Chapel, 605 S. Prairie Ave. in Waukesha, with Pastor Greg Van Dunk of Atonement Lutheran Church in Muskego officiating. Visitation will be held at the cemetery chapel on Friday, 9:30-10:45 am. Committal with military honors by the United States Air Force and the American Legion D.J. Martin Post #8 will follow at the cemetery mausoleum, where Darrell will be laid to rest.

Memorials may be given in Darrell’s name to the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) – Annie’s Fund or the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus.

Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Darrell may be shared through his tribute page at


Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) – Annie’s Fund
701 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188
Tel: 262-542-8851

Wisconsin Humane Society – Door County Campus
3475 County Road PD, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Tel: 920-746-1111
Email: [email protected]

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