Israel Berman

January 30, 1930December 6, 2013

Peoria – Israel Berman, 83, of Peoria, IL passed away Friday, December 6, 2013 at Unity Point Methodist Medical Center. He was born January 30, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY to Harry and Jennie (Gelman) Berman. Israel served and retired from the United States Air Force after twenty years of service. During his time in the Air Force and after he retired, he went to college and obtained multiple degrees including his Master’s Degree in History. Israel later worked for District 150 as a special education teacher. He taught high school students at Peoria Youth Farm and Guardian Angel school. Israel’s hobbies included traveling with his wife across the United States and Europe, cooking, science fiction novels, woodworking, and spending time with his family and friends. During his time in Japan, Israel took up the sport of Judo. He would eventually earn his fourth degree black belt and would become a national certified referee. This certification allowed him to referee in the Pan-Am Games. Israel was a member of Congregation Anshai Emeth in Peoria, IL. Israel was loving and devoted to family and friends. Surviving are: his wife Arlene (Adler) Berman of Peoria, IL, children; Leonard (Robin) Berman of Albuquerque, NM, Norman Berman of Grand Rapids, MI, Sarah (Patrick) Stewart of Peoria, IL, grandchildren; Pleas, Emily, Julia, and Jack, great grandson Kayde, and his brother Bob (Barbara) Berman of Roslyn, PA. Israel was preceded in death by sons; Kenneth and Joseph Berman, daughter June Berman, and his sister Judy Goldman. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Visitation will be from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery. Online tributes and condolences may be made at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 11, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Israel Berman

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December 29, 2013

With deepest sympathy, Hazel Murray

Barbara Willier

December 21, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to you and your family.

Linda Epstein

December 16, 2013

My sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

As difficult as it is, I hope you all find some comfort in knowing Ray is no longer suffering and he will always be alive in your hearts.

Kathy Williams

December 15, 2013

Arlene, my thoughts and best wishes are with you.

Joy Kish Matthews

December 15, 2013

So very sorry for your loss. All words are insufficient at this time, so please know that you & your family are held in warm, loving & healing thoughts.

Linda Kamm

December 14, 2013

My dear sister, words fail except we all love u and the memory of your beautiful life together will be with you always.

Tricia Isbill

December 13, 2013

Dear Arlene,
I'm so sorry for your and your families loss. xoxo, Tricia Woodward Isbill


December 13, 2013

Thank you for your services to our country - I stand in awe of all you accomplished in your life. You will be missed, but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

December 11, 2013

Dear Arlene, I was so sorry to hear about Ray. You had so many wonderful years together and will always have those memories. Stay strong and take care of yourself. Love, Marcia

December 10, 2013

Arlene, so so sorry for you and your families lose, I know he will always be your guardian angel, for you to go on with your life..You know when you get around emotionaly you can come here to stay to get away. My prayer and love go out to you and yours..I love you all!
Paula Sue