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As reported April 26, Phil Berger, owner and manager of Del-Tone Kennels
and Gun Club passed away April 11, 2012.

Phil was born on February 2, 1945 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Anton and Adela
(Schloesser) Berger. An outstanding high school athlete, a quarterback on a
championship team and a state champion wrestler, he attended acting school
in Los Angeles and New York and was accepted at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Phil was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, serving two tours of
service. After his service to his country Phil returned to New York to continue his
career in acting. There he met his wife of 42 years, Frosa Aletrari; they were married
March 24, 1970 in New York. They returned to St. Cloud to operate and later own
Del-Tone Kennel and Gun Club for 29 years, retiring in 2001. During his career Phil
handled and trained several Retriever Field Champions, winning the High Point
Open Championship in 1981 and 1983.

Phil's successes and accomplishments at Del-Tone Kennels was exemplified by his
commitment to clients and to their retrievers.

Memorable retrievers Phil trained and handled for clients: FC-AFC Triple Echo, owned
by James D. Dresen, DDS. FC Jack's Lobo, owned by Armond Narher. Handled by Phil
in the '73, '74 & '75 Nationals. FC-AFC Big River Ruffian, owned by Norm Lewis, 94.5
All-Age points. Handled by Phil in the '81, '83, '84 & '85 Nationals. FC-AFC Big River
****, owned by Norm and Nancy Lewis, 148 All-Age points. Handled by Phil in the
'81(F), '82, '83, '84(F), '85 & '87 Nationals. FC Sumac's Johnny T.L.M. Owned by Robert
Butler. Handled by Phil in the '85 (7) National. FC-AFC EJ Ellsworth, owned by Jerry
Larson. FC Rags Rippled Rascal, owned by Carroll Buzzell.

Philip Berger was a member of St. Augustine's Parish.
Survivors include his wife, Frosa, children, Melissa (Paul) Brown of Louisville, Kentucky,
Andrew (Tara) of Sartell and Christina (Doug) Kallevig of Shakopee: four grandchildren,
Chase and Connor Brown, Ella and Nikolas Berger, brothers and sisters, Dick (Judy) of
Motley, Connie (Mike) Gravelle of Pueblo, Colorado, Tom (Sherry) of Colorado Springs,
Colorado and LuAnn (Bob) Weber of Sartell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Tony, Jr. and Jerry.
(Excerpts published in the St. Cloud Times on April 13, 2012 and remarks by Tom Berger).

William D. Connor
(Friend and Client)

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Met him once years ago @ CMRC.
The free advice he was willing to share with me still rings in my ears today.
My condolences to his family, friends and to Steve Yozamp
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