Michael Cole “Mike” Bercse, Jr.
November 4, 1945 - December 13, 2022
Michael Cole “Mike” Bercse, Jr., age 77, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, December 13, 2022.
Born in Wilmington, DE on November 4, 1945, he was the son of the late Michael Cole Bercse, Sr., and Theresa Mary (Davis) Tall. Mike proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps as part of the Rifle Squad from 1962 to 1966. He was retired as a truck driver from Chrysler (Mopar) and proudly a member of the Teamsters Union. Even after retirement, Mike continued to drive trucks for Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel, Inc., and worked at Raytheon Technologies until 2010.
Mike was very social and loved to be out and about. He was a straight shooter who never minced words. He would strike up a conversation with anyone near him and loved getting to know new people. You would often hear him talking about the state of the country and politics. In his life of driving a truck, he had been to every city and almost every state and knew all the best roads to travel. When he wasn’t on the road, Mike could often be found working on a project on his house, on his land or on his Harley Davidson. Mike had built several cars and Harley motorcycles throughout his lifetime. In his younger years, he was a member of the motorcycle club “Over the Hill” gang. He worked as an advocate for motorcycle freedom legislation within the well know organization, ABATE, having proudly influenced the reversal of the Delaware motorcycle helmet law. Mike was also involved with the American Legion in Seaford; DE having served as Vice Commander. After Mike’s wife passed away in 2020, he moved from his residence in Seaford, DE back to Newark, DE to be closer with his children and grandchildren. There he began attending Parkview Assembly of God with his daughter and family.
In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Brenda Lee (Brown) Bercse. He is survived by his loving daughters, Victoria Delaney, Jessica Mazzone (Joe), and Theresa Bercse Thomas (Chad); 9 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 pm on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Parkview Assembly of God, 235 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 12 pm. Inurnment will be held at 11 am on Monday, January 9, 2023, in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.