Paul Berger


Paul Berger, 68, Mandan ND passed away June 11, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones.  Funeral services will be on Monday, June 19, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home.  For those unable to attend the service will be livestreamed on the Bismarck Funeral Home website.  Visitation will be on Sunday, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a rosary/vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at the Bismarck Funeral Home.  The burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Paul, the son of George and Rose (Berger) Berger was born on December 18, 1954. He grew up on the family farm. He graduated from Flasher High School in 1973. Paul enlisted in the Army in 1973 and was honorably discharged in 1976 after serving overseas. During his time in the service, he enjoyed extensive traveling throughout Europe. He married Helen (O’Brien) Seelye on September 17, 2011. Together they lived on a farm south of Mandan. He worked for BNSF Railroad retiring in July 2018 after 30 years of service. He was always involved in farming and ranching all of his life. He was happiest on his John Deere tractors and had a passion for farming and ranching while taking care of his livestock.

Paul is survived by his wife Helen; stepchildren, Duane (Kat) Seelye, Stacy (Steven) Newburgh, James (Sara) Seelye and David Seelye; eleven step grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Wilfred (Lynda) Berger, Vern Berger, Bernice (Sam) Johnson, Marietta (Terry) Neuberger and Connie Wetzel; his father in law Clarence O’Brien; his brothers and sisters in law, Janet (Bob) Ehresmann, Wanda (Mike) Cassidy, James O’Brien and Glenn (Denise) O’Brien; many nieces and nephews and his close friends Kyle (Rachell) Black.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Marlene Henning; his infant brother George Berger; his brothers in law Andrew Henning and Kurt Wetzel; his mother-in-law Lorraine O’Brien.


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I am sending many prayers and thoughts to the family. I didn’t know Paul personally, but he has had a huge impact in my daughter and son-in-law’s life. He is going to be deeply missed and thought of every day.

Condolences and prayers for Paul’s family. May he rest in peace. I will have a Mass offered for him.

Sending my deepest condolences and prayers to Helen and the entire Berger family. The ceremony was beautiful and I know he will me deeply missed by myself and all those who knew him.

Went to say final farewell to our Leadman, carman, farmer, and friend of the Mandan Rails.. Paul Berger…. I/we loved working with you. It was an Honor to have a you as my Leadman. RIP and Thank you Helen and family for sharing Paul with us on the Railroad. Fellow rails attended funeral and say hi to you in the Great Yard in Heaven! Love ya, Paul