Jay Freling Berger

August 23, 1934 ‒ December 06, 2019

Mount Liberty, Ohio

Jay Freling Berger, age 85, of Mount Liberty passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Morrow County Hospital.

He was born on August 23, 1934 in Mount Vernon, Ohio to the late Jay Frank Berger and Ethel Marie (Bishop) Beal.  A born again believer since 1980, Jay had assisted Pastor Robert Adkins in revivals of Evangelist Clay Boomer in Ohio and Kentucky.  Since 1999, Jay was quite involved in the outreach ministry of nursing and extended care facilities surrounding Knox County.  He truly enjoyed his association and fellowship with all the residents, nurses, care givers and administration people. Jay was a member of the Willow Grove Advent Christian Church in Mount Liberty and was a veteran serving in the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife Betty Jean (Wilt) Berger; his sons, Jeff (Debbie) Berger, Aaron (Kristina) Berger, Myron (Stacey) Berger; step-sons, Dan (Leigh Galiardi) Wolfe; Mark Wolfe; his daughters, Angie (John) Schmitt, Sherrie (Dave) Adams; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and his brother Vaun Berger.

In addition to his parents, Jay was preceded in death by his sons Kenneth and Bill Berger.

Friends may call on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home from 4PM-6PM.  A service will be held on Wednesday, at the Willow Grove Advent Christian Church, beginning at 11AM with Pastor Chad Davis officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Liberty Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:  Willow Grove Advent Christian Church, 7192 Columbus Rd., Centerburg, Ohio 43011. Or to, Knox County Animal Shelter, 285 Columbus Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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  • Angie and Family….so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…..

  • Angie and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry to hear about your dad. Love, Jan Lashley

  • Angie and Family—so sorry to hear about your father. He sounds like a wonderful man who will be missed by many. Holding you close in our thoughts……Todd and Carol Jagger

  • Dear Angie, Jeff, Aaron and Families —- We were so sorry to read about the passing of your father. We are sending you all, our deepest sympathy and friendship. Even though we never met him, we know you and are saddened about your loss. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Dear Berger family,
    My wife was formerly activities director at Country Club Retirement Campus and we were saddened to hear about Jay’s passing.
    Our most sincere condolences to the entire family.

  • Dear Jay Berger family, we are so very sorry for your loss. With much love and sympathy. Dan(nephew) & Marti Berger & family.

  • Dear Angie, so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. LOVE AND PRAYERS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.


  • We were sad to hear of Jay’s passing. He was a wonderful example of one who relished the grace of God. We will miss his singing and testimonies. Our prayers are with his family.

  • Jeff, Debbie, Angie, Myron, and Aaron and all of your families – Doug and I are so sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. I know we will always have good memories of him, he is the one who Doug helped build the addition that is now my kitchen! We will always laugh when I make vegetable soup. (it’s vegetable soup Jay, NOT beef vegetable soup!) I remember him from when I was young and also as an adult. No one is perfect. He was such a talented man in so many ways. Sending prayers and hugs to all of you.

  • Myron, we are so sorry to hear about your dad.You are in our prayers and thoughts .Deb Ackerman,Mel and Mike Lahmon

  • So sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. I loved to hear him sing the songs of Praise and to listen to his wonderful story of salvation. As he got older, we all saw a whole lot of Grandpa Bishop in him. But his eyes reminded me of Aunt Ethel. He’ll have a great reunion coming his way! Praise God.

  • Dear Betty and The Berger Family

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Jay was an awesome loving and caring person. He loved his singing ministry in our church along with the nursing home ministry at our church.
    His testimony led others to Christ and touched many other’s. He will be missed by my family and our church family ( The Church on The Rise, Mt Vernon OH) .

  • Condolences to the Burger family. Jay was a wonderful carpenter and he taught me how to cut and install trim when he worked for me. I have fond memories of the time we worked together on a house in Mount Liberty. RIP Jay

  • Dear Angie, John, and family ….our deepest thoughts of sympathy and loving prayer to all of you. Sincerely, Ron&Peggy Wiseman

  • Jay was a wonderful caring person and neighbor to all. Many will miss his things in the newspaaper from time to time and we believe many agreed with him on the things of the Lord. Thank you family for sharing your Dad with others and we know he was proud of his kids. Aaron and Myron we are thinking of you and will remember you in prayer. Bill & Betty Yough and family.

  • SO SO SORRY. Will surely be missed by many. Jay is a distant relative of mine as my grandmother was a Berger. Will keep you all in my prayers. Bob Harrod

  • Angie, Jeff, Debbie and family
    Sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Debbie Cline Lutz

  • Dear Betty. I am so sorry to hear about Jay. I love you and Jay so much. I just heard today and so sorry that I was not there to hug you and give you support. You were always my favorite people. Anything I can do for you, the puppies, please let me know. Love you so.much. Sally Jeffrey