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Ralph T. "Bud" Bergstrom
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Birth: Aug. 8, 1916
Death: Jul. 26, 2006

Ralph T. "Bud" Bergstrom, 89, Springfield, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2006, in Christian Healthcare East. He was born August 8, 1916, in Rock Island, Ill., the son of Gustav T. and Martha Johnson Bergstrom. Bud married Wilma Seawall on June 16, 1946. She preceded him in death on December 4, 1981. He later married Dora McCormick and she died March 13, 2005. He grew up and attended high school in Rock Island, Ill. Following graduation, he worked for International Harvester for several years before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II where he was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood. After his military service, he began his 60 year association with Dairy Queen in 1946. When he opened his store at Glenstone and Sunshine in Springfield in 1946, he was the first Dairy Queen west of the Mississippi River and the seventh overall. He operated at this location until 1968 when he moved downtown where his Dairy Queen is still in operation. At the time of his death he was Dairy Queen's oldest and longest serving franchisee. He was a charter member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. In addition to his parents and two wives, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marilynn Nystrom. Bud is survived by his daughter, Julie and husband, Les Rohr, Springfield; a sister, Elinor Blackman, Chicago, Ill.; and Marilynn's husband, Paul Nystrom, Rock Island, Ill. Funeral services will be held t 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2006, in GormanScharpf Brentwood Chapel with Associate Minister Tammy Jahnke officiating. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 28 (bio by: Juanita Sloan Lowrance) 
 
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  Wilma E. Bergstrom (1920 - 1981)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
TOGETHER FOREVER
MARRIED JUNE 16, 1946
 
Burial:
Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
Springfield
Greene County
Missouri, USA
 
Created by: Lyle & Marsha
Record added: Jun 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91875504
Ralph T. Bud Bergstrom
Added by: Lyle & Marsha
 
Ralph T. Bud Bergstrom
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Ralph T. Bud Bergstrom
Added by: Juanita Sloan Lowrance
 
 
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