AMerican Veteran 11

James Clifford Berbrich Sr.

December 29, 1932 ~ December 15, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old

James Berbrich Sr. Obituary

James Clifford Berbrich Sr. passed away on December 15, 2023, in Escondido, California, two weeks shy of reaching the age of ninety-one.

James, known by most as Jim, and later in life as uncle Jim, Papa and Pop, was born on December 29, 1932 to Lester and Georgia Warner. Jim is survived by his sister Ellen Stein, his daughter Gretchen, his son James Jr and his wife Gee, his grandchildren Amber, Melanie, Sarah and Kevin, his great grandchildren Eden, Olivia, Jayden, Sovren, Raymen and Laqlen, his niece Stephanie Crosby and nephews Matt and Mark Stein. Jim was predeceased by his eldest son Douglas, his loving wife Betty Jane, and his parents Lester and Georgia.

Jim was very proud to have served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps in Korea during the Korean war. Upon his honorable discharge, Jim worked a short while as an insurance adjuster. He eventually found his niche as a professional corporate photographer for National Cash Register company. That job opened the door to enjoy the rest of his photographic career at Dow Chemical Company, where he lived his dream of traveling the world as a professional photographer, instead of always being confined to a studio. Jim never considered being a photographer as a “job” because he loved it so much.

Jim also fulfilled another dream by living on a lake in a home that he transformed from a cabin. Jim’s favorite things in life were being a Marine, beating Corvettes with his Corvair in slalom racing, target shooting, deer hunting while simultaneously reading books, golf, water skiing, jet skiing, playing baseball and many other sports. His favorite sports teams were the Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Pistons during the Bad Boys era, the LA Rams and the San Diego Gulls Junior B team that his grandson Kevin played on. In his golden years, Jim loved to just get in his car and drive, often electing to drive scenic routes cross-country for days, instead of flying. He continued to drive accident-free until a week before his passing.

Jim was very well known for his sense of humor. In his final wishes, he stated to “First make sure that I’m gone” ☺, and then he wanted to be cremated. Jim always wanted to live forever. But suffering the loss of his dear wife Betty Jane in 2019, his son Douglas in 1995, and now having to endure the current state of affairs of this country and world, Jim became less adamant about wanting to living forever. Instead, he sought comfort in the hope of being reunited with his loved ones who have passed before him.

Due to Jim’s great pride in being a Marine Vet, his desire was to have his ashes interred at a National Cemetery. His life and military service to America will be honored in a Military Ceremony on February 2, 2024 at 12:30 pm at the Miramar National Cemetery, not far from Camp Pendleton where he completed boot camp in 1952.

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Committal Service at Shelter
February 2, 2024

12:30 PM


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