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Friday March 18th, 2022
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Saturday March 19th, 2022
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Trevor John Berger

Trevor J. Berger, age 43, of Atwater, passed away Thursday morning, March 10, at his residence following a courageous battle against cancer.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Atwater.  Interment with military honors will be at Union Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 18, at Immanuel Lutheran Church and will continue for one hour prior to the service.  The funeral service will  be live-streamed at:  https://youtu.be/0x2F_mCdQyQ


Arrangements are entrusted to the Peterson Brothers Atwater Funeral home.  www.petersonbrothers.com


Trevor John Berger was born on February 20, 1979, in Willmar, Minnesota, the son of Marvin and Nancy (Mormann) Berger.  He grew up in Atwater, was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and graduated from ACGC High School in 1998.  From 1998 to 2001, Trevor served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Nassau.  Following his honorable discharge, he attended Alexandria Technical College and earned a degree in law enforcement.  On June 22, 2002, Trevor was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Kate Marie Nelson.  Kate and Trevor were blessed with 3 children, Kendell, Micah, and Ryan. While Trevor and Kate finished their schooling, they lived in Alexandria and Morris. Upon graduation, they moved to Willmar and settled in Litchfield between Kate’s job at ACGC and Trevor’s first law enforcement jobs at McLeod County jail and Silver Lake PD. Trevor expanded his police experience by working part time for Eden Valley PD and Atwater PD where he finished his career. He had achieved his dream of serving his hometown! This position brought Trevor, Kate, Kendell and Micah to their home in Atwater where Ryan completed their family. He retired in 2021 due to ill health as the Police Chief of Atwater.  Trevor was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Samstad-Jensen American Legion Post #375 of Atwater.


He loved making people laugh. He always had a story or joke ready to share. He was quick witted and fit into many different social groups. He had a knack for making all people around him feel as though they were the most important part of his life. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time with his kids watching movies, going to amusement and water parks, and celebrating the holidays with his family, especially at Halloween and Christmas.  He was also a huge fan of NASCAR, football, and Disney World.


He is survived by his wife, Kate; his three children, Kendell, Micah, and Ryan, all of Atwater; his parents, Marvin and Nancy Berger of Atwater and one sister, Kimberly Berger (and Bryan Lechner) of Richfield; his in-laws, Bruce and Linda Nelson of Grove City; brothers-in-law, Lance (Jolene) Nelson and Eric (Chelsey) Nelson; nephews and nieces, Logan Nelson, Brooklyn Nelson, Kaiden Nelson, Jackson Nelson, and Lily Jo Nelson; as well as other family members.


He was preceded in death by his grandparents and an uncle, Duane Berger.


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Praying for God's strength and comfort to cover each one of you as you approach the next weeks, months and years without Trevor present. Praying that your tears would bring healing to your hearts and as you look back on memories that you will find a way to smile and laugh. Sending healing hugs to you all the way from Georgia!

Brittney Nelson Mar 16 2022 8:45 AM

Kate and family, so sorry to hear of Trevor passing away from his courageous battle from cancer. May God give you all the support you need. Thoughts & prayers.

Lois & Loren Mar 15 2022 9:30 AM

My heartfelt sympathies and my thoughts and prayers to Trevor's wonderful family.

Cindy Finberg Mar 14 2022 9:08 AM

We are sorry to learn that Trevor has lost his battle against cancer. We are thankful that Trevor has won his crown and gained eternal life through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Treasure the good memories you have of Trevor.

Linda Hanson Mar 13 2022 7:01 PM

Our sympathy to your family. Mark and Deb Minnick

Debra J Minnick Mar 13 2022 9:53 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Trevor Berger

Susan Barker Mar 13 2022 9:39 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Trevor Berger

Sandra Edwards Mar 12 2022 8:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Trevor Berger

Sandra Hanson Mar 12 2022 5:40 PM

Kate and Family,
May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

Jake and Leslie Degner Mar 12 2022 5:00 PM

Kate, Sorry to hear about your loss, sympathy to you and your family.

Carol Pfingsten Mar 12 2022 2:34 PM