BLOOMINGTON - Retired Major, Barry G. Berglund, 67, rural Neoga, passed away Saturday (Aug. 26, 2006) from injuries he received in a fall at his residence.
Barry was born April 3, 1939, in Bloomington, the son of Russell and Lorene Natterstadt Berglund. He obtained a B.S. degree in liberal arts from Illinois Wesleyan University.
He was a retired corporate manager, retired business owner and retired military officer of the Illinois Army National Guard for 30 years. He was employed by theIllinois Department of Military Affairs as downstate facilities officer, overseeing 20 armories.
He was a member of the National Wellness Institute through the University of Wisconsin. He was a former membership director of the Lake Mattoon Water Ski Club; and instructor of water sports including swimming, water skiing, sailing and windboarding. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Illinois Rifle Association and the National Guard Association of Illinois and the United States. He was also a snow skier, ice skater and snowboarder in Colorado for six weeks each winter. During the rest of the year (if not on the water), he would be found on roller skates at a local rink, on the road bicycling, running or providing music therapy with an accordion to the nursing home residents in the area.
He was also a member of American Legion Post 88, and VFW Post 4325, both of Mattoon. He also attended several churches in the area.
Major Berglund leaves the love of his life, Virginia Turney, rural Neoga; one daughter, Jennifer Dana (Darren) Sawyer, Bloomington; one sister, Bonnie Berglund, Grand Junction, Colo.; two grandsons, Phillip and Colton Longstreth, both of Heyworth; and several extended family members and many friends.
Memorials may be made to the National Wellness Institute in care of the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Swengel O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, with the Rev. Marvin Flowers officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Concord Cemetery, near Neoga, with military rites conducted by VFW Post 4325, Mattoon.