F. Norman Berby, 87, formerly of Ada, Minn., died on July 27 at Sanford Hospital Palliative Care Center, Fargo, N.D.
Finn Norman Berby was born Sept. 22, 1925 to Ole and Helga Berby in Ise, Norway. He attended school in Ise and following graduation completed mechanic's training. In 1953 he came to the United States to visit his uncle, Andrew Berby of Borup, Minn.
On May 21, 1955, he married Kirsten Hildeborg Aaserud in Norway. Later that year they moved to the United States, making their home in Borup. After moving to Ada, Norman worked at Simpson Motor as a mechanic. In 1968 he started his own business, Berby Repair in Ada. In 1978 he became a partner in Simpson Motor and worked there until his retirement in 1999 when the business was known as Berby Ford.
Norman is survived by his daughter, Norma (David) Borgeson, West Fargo, N.D.; son, Mark (Deb) Berby, Perham; grandchildren, Reid Hekman, Coon Rapids, Minn., Scott Hekman (Paula Sibelius), Fargo; and Tanner Berby and Tyler Berby, Perham.
His parents; a daughter, Kathryn Berby; his brother, Eugene; and his wife, Kirsten; preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 at the Fredrikson Funeral Home in Ada. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Fredrikson Funeral Home, Ada.