|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1919|
|Death: ||Jul. 16, 2011|
John Thomas Bergeron was born March 27, 1919, in Wanette, the 10th of 14 children, born to William Oliver and Maude Crystal (Evans) Bergeron. He was proud of his Pottawatomie Indian, French, Irish, Dutch and Scottish ancestry.
Seven brothers, four sisters and his parents preceded him in death.
Surviving are two sisters, Alice Greenwalt, of Shawnee, Edith and husband Richard Wash, of Poteau, and 15 nieces and nephews.
He married Marjorie Aldridge in 1941 and they spent 63 happy years together before her death in 2004. They adopted newborn John Timothy in 1961 and he died at age 20.
Johnie was converted at an early age and baptized in Little River by the Eagle Baptist Church. He was active in Southern Baptist churches wherever he lived and loved, working with teenagers in Training Union and sports. He was ordained a deacon in 1959 and was a faithful tither.
John grew up in the Wanette, Maud and Tecumseh vicinities. He started to school at Remus, west of Maud and began high school at Bethel. He graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1935 and attended Draughan's Business College in Oklahoma City.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1946 and the Reserves until 1953. A Bronze Star Medal was awarded him by the Commanding General, X Corps for military actions in Leyte and Mindanao, Philippine Islands. He was in the Normandy Invasion and accompanied the General to survey the results of the atomic bomb in Japan after World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1953 as a Second Lieutenant.
After retiring from Shell Pipeline Co., he moved to Earlsboro and enjoyed farm life, working with animals, especially his horses. When asked why he had llamas, he said, "I guess it's because they make me laugh."
John was active in the Fairview Baptist Church. He was close to a sister's grandson and his wife, Joe and Tina Glasgow, who cared for him in his retiring years.
Service will be 10 a.m., Friday, July 22, 2011, at Earlsboro Fairview Baptist Church with Reverend Wayne Knight officiating. Burial will precede the service at 9 a.m. at Neal Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.
Ruth Marjorie Aldridge Bergeron (1913 - 2004)
John Timothy Bergeron (1961 - 1989)*
Created by: Mary V. [Johnson] Edgar
Record added: Jul 22, 2011
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