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Joseph Robert Van Den Berg
1952 2023

Joseph Robert Van Den Berg

September 22, 1952 — December 4, 2023

Joseph Robert "Joe" Van Den Berg, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. Joe was 71 years old.

Born September 22, 1952 to Louella "Lou" and Melvin "Mel" Van Den Berg, Joe was the second of 10 children.

Survivors include his son, Christopher (Amber) Van Den Berg, daughter Elizabeth "Lizz" Van Den Berg Riekkoff, Jon Riekkoff, grandchildren Avery and Tyson Van Den Berg and Jaxon Riekkoff, parents Mel and Lou, siblings Nannette (John) Greenwood, Noreen Van Den Berg, Chad Van Den Berg, Todd Van Den Berg, Toby Van Den Berg, Nada Van Den Berg, Uncle Allen Page, his very special friend Mary Goffard, and his other brothers from other mothers, John VanderLogt, Greg "Yogi" Fulcer and his son Ben.

Preceded in death by brothers Melvin "Dick" Van Den Berg, Daniel Van Den Berg, Allen Page, and sister Nadine Van Den Berg.

Joe will always be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor. Nobody could tell a joke like Joe. He was known as "Horse" by his brother Chad, with whom he had a very close and special relationship. Joe always pulled rank on Chad, "I'm the big brother." He once told his niece Kasey, "just call me the Prez." He enjoyed golfing, fishing, shooting pool, and he loved to laugh. John and Joe "cleaned house" at the pool table in South Dakota, then ran for their lives. Joe was also a very special and big part of helping care for Mom with progressing dementia, referring to himself as "Bealer the Dealer." His sense of humor will be remembered by all who knew him.

A private service will be held by the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you do as Joe always had, practice random acts of kindness and show kindness to all, including those less fortunate than yourself.
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