Nelson Berbling

Nelson Berbling

Nelson Berbling, 68, of Sikeston, Mo., died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022.

He was born on Nov. 24, 1953, in Cairo, the son of Theodore and Juanita Boyd Berbling.

He was a graduate of Murray State University and a life-long lover of history. 

He was one of the founding members of the 8th Illinois Infantry reenactment group of Cairo, and participated in living history for 30 years. 

He was a talented woodworker, blacksmith and leathersmith, and could make just about anything his wife, Anne, wanted, including dinner. He was an excellent cook and delighted in making wonderful meals for his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Launius Berbling; children Neil (Rebecca) Berbling of Bennett, Colo., Jon Berbling of Cape Girardeau and Chris Berbling of Olive Branch, Mark (Sharon Granger) Pratt of Sikeston, Mo., Mandy Pratt of St. Charles, Mo., and Katie Pratt of North Hollywood, Calif.; four grandchildren, Theodore William Berbling and Vivianne Berbling of Bennett, Colo., Cody (Erika) Pratt of Kelso, Mo., and Nicholas Pratt of Sikeston, Mo.; two great-grandchildren, Beau Pratt and Kaden Pratt of Kelso, Mo.; four sisters, Sherry Gibson of Mount Vernon, Bernadine Roberts of Olive Branch, Charlene (Pete) Halstead of Linton, Ind., and Marcena Berbling of Anna; four nephews, Whitney Althoff and Corey (Julie) Althoff of Anna, Bill (Leanna) Gibson and Steve (Barb) Gibson of Mount Vernon; three nieces, Cara (Shane) Pribble of Anna, Megan (Andrea) Halstead of Linton, Ind., and Deena (Mike) Johnson of Memphis, Tenn.; as well as many extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Theodore Berbling II; his nephew, Donnie Gibson; and his brother-in-law, Charles Roberts.

The family suggests that memorials be considered in the form of a donation to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Foundation,, 3634 W. Market St., Suite 110, Akron, Ohio 44333.

The Gazette-Democrat

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