B.S., Northwestern Oklahoma University
HEAD BASKETBALL COACH
1976 - 1983
Donald L. Berlin, 63, McPherson, a former counselor and coach in the Osawatomie school system, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000 in his home after an extended illness.
He was born June 29, 1936 in Wichita, a son of Wilfred and Thelma Keihl Berlin. He was a 1957 graduate of Wichita North High School and earned a bachelor of science in education degree from Northwestern Oklahoma University in 1961.
His teaching career began in Cheney where he taught junior high math and coached from 1961 until 1966. His next position was in Goodland where he taught elementary physical education from 1967 until 1969. In 1969 he returned to Cheney where he served as counselor until moving to Geary in 1974, also in the position of counselor. From 1976 until resigning to go to McPherson in 1983, he served as elementary and junior high counselor and head high school basketball coach in Osawatomie.
He and Ann C. Morrison were married Aug. 14, 1965 in Cheney. While they lived in Osawatomie Mrs. Berlin also taught in the Osawatomie school system.
He was the counselor for McPherson Middle School before his illness.
Mr. Berlin was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Wichita.
Among those preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Duane Berlin; and a sister, Retha Patterson.
Survivors include his wife, Ann, of the home; three sons, Jeff Berlin of McPherson, Erik Berlin of Phoenix, Ariz. and Andy Berlin of Wichita; three brothers, Jerry Berlin of Wichita, Glen Berlin of Fort Wayne, Ind. and Wilfred Berlin of Siloam Springs, Ark.; four sisters, Laura Fisher of Bentley, Judy Davis of Wichita Falls, Texas, Mary Dixon of Wichita and Lela Knecht of Belleville, Ill.; and two grandchildren.
Services were Wednesday in the First United Methodist Church of McPherson. Mr. Berlin was cremated after the services. Arrangements were cared for by Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, McPherson.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Reno County Hospice.
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