Paul DeBerg, age 87, of Watertown, SD, passed away Friday, January 2, 2015 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 9, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Watertown with Pastor Sara Nelson officiating.
Marie Coon will be the soloist accompanied by Karen Mee.
Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel in Watertown.
Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Watertown, SD.
Military Honors will be conducted by Codington County Post 17 of the American Legion and SD Army National Guard.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Paul’s “card playing buddies”, his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Matt DeBerg, Jeremy Nygaard, Isaac Schuler, Sean Engen, Paul German and Doug Walder.
Paul Arthur DeBerg was born on July 16, 1927 in Dumont, Iowa to Jacob and Lillian (Bode) DeBerg. He grew up in Richland Township, Codington County, South Dakota. He served in the United States Army as Private First Class with the 369th Engineer Amphibious Support Regiment in Company C, Engineer Boat Battalion, from February 1951 to July 1952. Paul was then honorable discharged to help run the family farm.
Paul married Joy Elsie Johnson on December 28, 1952 at the Evangelical United Brotherhood Church in Watertown. The couple farmed near Grover until 1975. They owned and operated Tommy’s Bowling Alley from 1975 to 1983. Paul then worked for Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company until his passing.
He loved fastpitch softball and was called Mr. Fastpitch. In 1982, at the age of 55, Paul was voted Most Valuable Player, and then Most Active Player in Missouri at the age of 61. He was named Legend Player of the Century in 2000 and was inducted into the South Dakota ASA Hall of Fame in 2009. Paul enjoyed playing ball for 40 years. He also loved to bowl and won many state bowling titles. He participated in the Senior Olympics Bowling and Softball Throw. He was inducted into the Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame in 1993.
Paul is survived by his two sons, Tom (Penny) DeBerg and Jack (Heather) DeBerg of Gillette, WY; three daughters, Julie (Mike) Williams, Sandy (Dave Hurkes) Martin and Sue (Will) Bieberdorf all of Watertown, SD; 17 grandchildren: 12 great grandchildren; his siblings, John (Avis) DeBerg, Gert Jipp and Ruth Howey all of Watertown, SD; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joy; an infant son, Roger Paul DeBerg; 3 grandsons, Garrett, Chance and Jacob.