Sept. 10, 1917 - July 16, 2017

DAVENPORT — Herbert George Berndt, 99, of Davenport went to his heavenly Father on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Runge Mortuary. Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 117, 106 South Juanita, Blue Grass, Iowa, 52726, or Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport. Online condolences may be expressed at

Herbert was born September 10, 1917, in Toledo, Ohio, to August and Dorothea (Stutzke) Berndt. He was united in marriage to Ruth Priest on February 23, 1943, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before being shipped overseas for two years. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the USS Catoctin under Admiral Hewitt, stationed in the North Africa and Mediterranean Sea area. He was honorably discharged in October 1945 at U.S. Naval Station, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Herbert and Ruth lived in Toledo, Ohio, from 1945 to 1962 when they moved to Davenport because his career transferred him to the Rock Island Arsenal, retiring after 30 years on June 29, 1973. In 1975 they bought Carlton House Apartments on Kimberly Road. He also worked as head of maintenance at Jumer’s Castle Lodge. After full retirement, he spent many days and years helping his large family with all kinds of projects. His family was his life.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church at 8th and Marquette streets.

Survivors include his children, Gary (Debby), Gail (Gene) Beede and Gwen Schwindt (Jerry Dahl). He married his wife, Janice (Ney-Strouth), on July 15, 1985, in Buffalo, Wyoming. She survives him along with her three children, Angela Vignaroli, Jeff (Connie) Strouth and Brenda (Howard) Kiel. Surviving also are 26 grandchildren, Nathan (Rachel) Berndt, Brad Berndt, Katie (Dustin) Wallace, Brian (Leah Schaufenbull) Berndt, Wade (Debbie) Rinderknecht, Eric (Dena) Rinderknecht, Joel (Heather) Rinderknecht, Luke (Desiree) Rinderknecht, Scott (Kim) Schwindt, David (Sara) Schwindt, Noel Kiel, Ryan Strouth, Kaitlin Kiel, Tyler Vignaroli, Amanda Vignaroli, Zachary Strouth and Christopher Murphy; 19 great-grandchildren and his beloved pet, Pepper.

In addition to his parents and first wife, Ruth, Herbert was preceded in death by three brothers, Art, Bill and Mike; two sisters, Eleanor and Esther; two grandchildren, Daniel and Kenyon.

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