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In Memory of

John Edmund Berkel

September 27, 1924 - April 1, 2015

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John Edmund Berkel, of Cedar Park, TX, passed away on Wednesday, 1 April 2015. He was 90 years old.

John was born on 27 September 1924 in Saint Elizabeth, MO to Adam George Berkel (of Belleville, IL) and Catharine Marie Wilde (of Saint Elizabeth, MO). After graduating from Tuscumbia (MO) High School in 1942, John entered military service with the United States Navy. After completing basic training at Great Lakes NTC, he was chosen for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy in 1944, serving in the Atlantic Theater. After...

John Edmund Berkel, of Cedar Park, TX, passed away on Wednesday, 1 April 2015. He was 90 years old.

John was born on 27 September 1924 in Saint Elizabeth, MO to Adam George Berkel (of Belleville, IL) and Catharine Marie Wilde (of Saint Elizabeth, MO). After graduating from Tuscumbia (MO) High School in 1942, John entered military service with the United States Navy. After completing basic training at Great Lakes NTC, he was chosen for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy in 1944, serving in the Atlantic Theater. After completing his military service as a Lieutenant (j. g.), John returned home, where he married his lifelong love, Irene Agnes Luetkemeyer (of Saint Elizabeth) in St. Lawrence Church on 17 June 1947. Moving to Milwaukee, WS to further his education at Marquette University (where he had earned his military science degree), he completed his education at The University of Missouri-Columbia, obtaining degrees in Education (1949) and Accounting (1951).

Relocating to Tulsa, OK, John began his finance/accounting career working for Mid-States Oil & Gas Company. Seeing the potential in moving to Houston, he accepted in 1958 a transfer when Tennessee Gas Pipeline (now Tenneco) acquired Mid-States. In 1963, he made his final career move, taking a position with The Superior Oil Company. Rising to the responsibilities of Assistant Treasurer, John retired in 1985.

Upon retirement John and Irene indulged their lifelong love of travel. Relocating to Cedar Park in 1994 in order to be with their children and grandchildren, John remained an integral part of his church, continuing his service as a member of the Parish Council and Young at Heart. He was also active for many years in AARP and the Treasure Of The Hills. Always involved in community affairs, he served as an election judge/clerk for many years as well as service on local boards.

Besides his parents, John's family predeceasing him includes his son John William Berkel, his daughter- in-law Linda Ann Mattox, his sister Eleanor Bax, his brother-in-law William Bax, his two brothers Louis Berkel and Emil Berkel, and his nephews Morris and Gerald Bax. Family surviving him include his lifelong love, Irene (his wife of 67 years), his children Joseph (and his children Emma, Catharine, Richard and Jacob), Mary (and her children John and James Doehring, and Katherine Simmons and her husband Timothy), and Suzanne (and her children Robert and Kellie Berkel-Hoffman).

Cherished by his wife, adored by his children and grandchildren, admired by friends and acquaintances of all ages, John always put faith and family first. Spending time with his sons in the Boy Scouts, his daughters coaching softball, John valued his time with family and friends. Throughout his life, John enjoyed the pursuit of knowledge, both practical and abstract. A man of the highest integrity, he was a true 'gentle'man.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until seven o'clock in the evening, with a rosary to follow, on Monday, the 6th of April 2015, at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, Austin, Texas . A Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30 in the morning on Tuesday, the 7th of April 2015, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Austin, Texas with internment to follow at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, Pflugerville, Texas