Ward Conley Bergene

Ward Conley Bergene

Birth
Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Death 13 Mar 2018 (aged 89)
Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 188022622 · View Source
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Ward Conley Bergene, 89 of rural Adams, Minnesota, died at his home on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Ward was born during a blizzard on April 14, 1928 in Austin, Minnesota to Oscar and Adella (Sampson) Bergene. He graduated from Adams High School where he was the star of the basketball team, and he was known as “Big Red”. After high school, he attended Luther College for one year majoring in Physical Education. He served in the U.S. Army Military Police and was stationed in Korea and Japan for 16 months. On June 19, 1955, Ward married Lois Huemoeller at the Hayward Lutheran Church.

He was a member of Little Cedar Lutheran Church and served on the church council, he served as a Commander of the Adams American Legion, was a member of the Adams Rural Fire Department and served on the Board of Directors at St. Marks Care Center.

Ward worked for several years as a milkman with Huseby Dairy and later as a security guard for Hormel, but he was first and foremost, a proud farmer. He also was a driver and part of the road crew for the Hormel Girls Drum and Bugle Corp. In his spare time, Ward loved to hunt, fish and golf at Cedar River Golf Course.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Adella; granddaughter, Tegan Christopherson; sister, Janet Bergene; sister-in-law, Mavis Bergene; and brother-in-law, Con Sletta.

Ward is survived by his wife: Lois Bergene, Adams, MN; children: Bradley Bergene, Tucson, AZ; Brian (Teresa) Bergene, Rose Creek, MN; Bruce (Mary) Bergene, Elkton, MN; Bettina (Allan) Christopherson, St. Michael, MN; Brett (Sherri) Bergene, St. Paul, MN; and Bryce Bergene, Elkton, MN; 12 grandchildren: Nathan Bergene, Shawna Klaehn, Clinton Bergene, Daniel Bergene, Aric Bergene, Tyler Bergene, Brandon Bergene, Colton Christopherson, Hannah Bergene, Hallie Bergene, Henry Bergene, Hogan Bergene; three great grandchildren: Aiden Klaehn, Kelson Klaehn, Charlie Bergene; brother: Virgil Bergene, Adams, MN; sister: Jane Sletta, Mankato, MN; sisters-in-law: Bonnie Kermes, Owatonna MN; Alice Huemoeller, Shoreview MN; Pat Huemoeller, St. Paul MN; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 19th at Little Cedar Lutheran Church with the Reverend Jeremy Johnson officiating. Military honors will be performed by the Adams American Legion Post #146. Visitation will be at the Adams Funeral Home on Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and at the church for one hour before the service on Monday.

Information from Little Cedar Lutheran Church, written in 2008:
Ward Bergene was born April 14, 1928, to Oscar and Adella (Sampson) Bergene in Austin, Minnesota. He graduated from Adams High School in 1946, attended college for one year, then worked as a farm hand for the Huseby Dairy until 1950. In January of 1950, he went to work for the Hormel Co. as a truck driver for the Hormel Girls Corps. At the end of that year he was drafted into the Korean War. After two years in the Army, he went back to Hormels and worked a total of 34 years with the company. In June of 1955, he married Lois Huemoeller in Hayward, MN. They have six children - Bradley of Tucson, Arizona; Brian of Rose Creek; Bruce of Elkton; Bettina of St. Michael; Brett of Edina, and Bryce of Elkton. Ward has a sister Jane of Mankato, and a brother Virgil of Adams.


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  • Created by: Janet Stephenson
  • Added: 13 Mar 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial 188022622
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ward Conley Bergene (14 Apr 1928–13 Mar 2018), Find a Grave Memorial no. 188022622, citing Little Cedar Cemetery, Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Janet Stephenson (contributor 46853083) Cremated.