Remembering Len...
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Oscar Leonard Berg
January 5, 1918 – February 21, 2013
                          
On January 5, 1918, Oscar Leonard Berg -- known to all as Len -- was born in Midas to Oscar Wilhelm Berg, a mill man at the Elko Prince Mill, and his wife Anna. The Berg family, including Len's older sister Astrid, lived in Midas for nearly two decades. In 1931, Len graduated from 8th grade at the Midas School , then moved to Alameda, California, to attend high school. He married; raised two children, Bill and Jolene; and lived his daily life in California. But Len's love for Midas never dimmed. After he retired, he visited often.

For the past several years, Len has faithfully attended Midas's Fourth of July parade, cheerfully accompanied by his daughter and son-in-law, Jolene and Glenn Horn. He had long been a fan: a photograph of the toddler Len happily perched on a car fender, waiting for a Midas parade, later became the front cover of A Century of Enthusiasm. In 2012, he was a featured participant in the Fourth of July parade, which turned out to be, sadly, his final Midas event. At the age of 95 years, Len passed away on February 21, 2013, surrounded by his devoted family. His funeral was held in Alameda, a place he also loved, but his final resting place will be in the peaceful cemetery of Midas, his first home.
Len returned to his old school in 2005.
At about 6 months old, Len enjoys some Midas sunshine.Big sister Astrid with baby Len and her doll on the porch of the Bergs' Midas home.Len loved a Midas parade!Len's diploma from the Midas SchoolLen, Jolene, Glenn, and family await the 2009 4th of July Parade.Bea Espinosa joined Jolene and Len at the 4th of July picnic in 2010.Len enjoyed being in the parade in 2012.It was a hot parade in 2012!Joelen, Glenn, and Len enjoy some post-parade refreshment in the Midas bar.
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