Robert A.G. Berns, Col. USMC (ret), died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. A Los Angeles native, Rag, as his friends called him, joined the PLC Program while attending San Jose State College. Upon graduation in 1966, he was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps.
During his military career that spanned almost 30 years, Berns attended various military training schools and became the commanding officer of 2 batteries, 2 squadrons, and 1 group - MACG28. Before his final assignment at Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington DC and ultimate retirement in 1993, he was the Assistant Wing Commander and Chief of Staff for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing in Cherry Point, NC.
Rag and his wife, Suzanne, of 37 years, decided to head to St. Petersburg where there is water, sun, sand and TENNIS, since Washington, DC was not their ideal place to retire. In addition to playing a lot of tennis with his wife, Rag volunteered in the after school tennis program st St. Pete Tennis Center during which time he was awarded the Linwood LeWallen Sportsman Trophy. Most recently, he donated his time to KC's Kamp for Kids, an after school tennis and life skills program. Another of his passions was working with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections as a poll worker and precinct clerk. His interest in and commitment to our freedom never ceased.
When Suzanne and Rag weren't enjoying their time on the water or tennis court, they traveled extensively.
Rag is survived by his wife Suzanne S. Berns, son, Gary D. Berns, daughter, Kari E. Schreck, two granddaughters Casey and Sophie, siblings, Dona Walter, Christie and David, nephew Ryan D. Raso and other nieces, Tori Walters, Kristine Goodwin and nephews George and Bill Goodwin.
A reception for friends and family will be from 3-5 PM on Friday, May 26 at Brett Funeral Home. 4810 Central Ave. Words will be spoken at 4:00 PM.
Final disposition for the family will be at Quantico, VA at a later date with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
St. Pete Tennis Center Foundation
650 18th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
KC's Kamp for Kids
200 104th Ave. Suite 131
Treasure Island, FL 33706
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
909 North Washington St, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
A link to all three websites is at the bottom of this page under the Charity Section.