Harvey Berndt

Harvey Otto Berndt ObituaryHarvey Berndt peacefully went to be with his heavenly father on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. He will be missed by many, especially his family: wife, Ruth Violet (Weigum); daughter and son-in law, Mike and Debby (Berndt) Walker; son, John Berndt; and grandchildren Steven Walker, Jenna Berndt, Jesse Berndt, and Brianna Berndt; brother, Bob Berndt; and several cousins including his very special cousin, Vern Weigum. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Melitta (Frank) Berndt and sister, Viola (Berndt) Strobel.
Harvey was born in Herried, South Dakota on July 14, 1927. His family moved to Lodi in 1936. Harvey enlisted in the Merchant Marines wile still attending Lodi High; returning to graduate at the conclusion of WWII. Harvey was married on his 23rd birthday to his loving wife, Ruthie. They were married over 65 years.

Harvey was a grape grower in the Victor area for over 65 years. He made daily trips to oversee his vineyards until June 2015. Harvey was a charter member of Temple Baptist Church and served on the board of directors for both Youth for Christ and the California Freestone Peach Board.

Harvey always enjoyed fun times with family. He especially liked vacationing in Santa Cruz and Lake Tahoe. He loved water skiing, snow skiing and various travel adventures. Some of his favorite trips included fishing in Alaska and trips to Hawaii and Branson, MO to enjoy concerts. Harvey's favorite pastime was playing ball with his golden retriever Jennie.

Our family is most grateful for the very loving care Harvey received from the staff members while residing at Vienna Rehab Center in Lodi since last June.


Friends and family are invited to attend Harvey's graveside service on Saturday, February, 20 at 10am, at Cherokee Memorial Park, Hwy 99 at Harney Lane, Lodi,CA 95240. A Celebration of Life and reception will follow beginning at 11am, on February 20, at the Temple Baptist Church, 801 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Salvation Army or to Lodi House.


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