Ruff Berver
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1922 - 2002

Ruff Berver, 79, of Silver City, passed away at his home on January 6, 2002, after a long fight with cancer. The Funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, January 11, 2002 at St. Francis Newman Center with Father Marcos Reyna officiating. Interment was in Ft. Bayard National Cemetery with full Military Honors by American Legion Post 18 and Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 3347.

Mr. Berver was born July 4, 1922 in Hastings, NE. He was the son of George and Nettie Berver. He was married to Pauline Guy. Mr. Berver is survived by his wife Pauline; two sons Greg Berver of Silver City; Paul Berver of Las Cruces, NM; six grandchildren Brendan; Meghan; Teresa; Richard; David; Mary; one great-grandchild James; one sister Frances Brockmeyer; two brothers Tony Berver and George Berver. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son Don Berver; two brothers David Berver and Joe Berver and one sister Mary Northrup.

Mr. Berver served with the United States Navy in the South Pacific, the Philippines, and China during World War II. He was a graduate of Regis University in Denver, CO. While in Denver, he was employed by the Burlington Railroad and the City Parks and Recreation Department. Later he moved to Clifton, AZ, where he was manager of Lewallen’s Inc. In 1968, he moved to Silver City where he was employed by the Phelps Dodge Corporation in the accounting department. After his retirement, he was employed at T G & Y and as an independent accounting contractor.

He was a member of the American Legion and was a former president of the Silver City Kiwanis Club. He was active in the Miss America Pageant program for many years in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

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