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Fritz Van Den Berg

August 10, 1929 — January 11, 2018

Peter (Fritz)Van Den Berg Jr. was reunited with his wife in Heaven on January 11th, 2018 at the Peace Hospice in Great Falls. He greeted death in the early morning surrounded by loved ones. Peter was born on August 10, 1929 in the small town of Manhattan, MT to Peter Sr. and Mary Verwolf, he became the youngest of eight children. He lived an honorable and humble life.

His early life was spent in South Dakota where he and his family owned a farm before later moving to Idaho. Upon graduating from high school, he then went on to serve in the US Army as a lineman and was deployed to Japan during the Korean War. Upon his return he spent much of his youth traveling the railways traveling about the country seeking work and meeting fellows like Boxcar Willie, who sparked his interest in the Harmonica.

Fritz had a very strong work ethic when he moved to Browning.  He always tells people that he always had a job and worked every day until his retirement.  He knew the value of a hard earned dollar and tried to instill that within his family.

It was not until 1960 when he met Rose and the sparks of love ignited their life’s together. They were married on May 18th 1963 at the old City Hall and in August 10th 1974 their love was sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; son, Keith; his parents; and his six sisters and infant brother.

Survivors include sons, Bruce (Gina) Owens, Peter M. Van Den Berg, Lenny Rides at the Door, Dale (Elsie) Rides at the Door, and Al Rides at the Door; daughter, Glenda Comes at Night, Roberta (Donald) Wagner, Patricia (Ivan) St. Goddard, and Valerie (Tommy) Rides at the Door; granddaughter he raised, Lisa (Samuel) Aimsback; numerous grandkids and great-grandkids. He also has many other kids that call him “Grampa”.  Pete had a very unique love for all his grandkids and they all had a special place in his heart.  He will be deeply missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

A wake will begin at the Old Eagle Shield Center on Sunday, January 14.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 17, at 11:00 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints in Browning.


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