Fred Dean Berga

Fred Dean Berga, 86, of Marietta, passed away at 6:53 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Harmar Place. He was born on June 10, 1927, at Newport, a son of Fred and Myrtle Mendenhall Berga.

Fred retired from B. F. Goodrich after 39 years and was a member of Newport Baptist Church and attended River of Life Assembly of God. He was a veteran of The U.S. Marine Corps, American Legion Post 64 and enjoyed golfing, bowling and NASCAR.

He married Thelma Matheny who preceded him in death, and later married Ruth Cline Hayhurst who survives with four stepchildren, Christina (Greg) Benson, Karen Hayhurst both of Marietta, David (Beth) Hayhurst, Retired USMC of Missouri, Sandra (Tom) Davies of Vienna, W.Va.; six grandchildren, Angela Dennis (Jeff Brookover), Michael Sillaman, Annie Davies, Ellen Davies, Wesley Hayhurst, Heath Hayhurst; great-grandchild, Landan Olcott; brother-in-law, Bob Stewart; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 31) at Newport Baptist Church where friends may call on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the hour of the service. Burial will be in Newport Cemetery. McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home is assisting the family and messages of sympathy may be sent at

The family would appreciate memorial contributions to Gospel Mission, P. O. Box 6, Marietta 45750 or River of Life Church, 200 Franklin St., Marietta 45750.