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Donald Lloyd Bergeson
Donald Lloyd Bergeson, age 82, of Peshtigo, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at Rennes Health Care Center-West, on June 23, 2016. He was born on March 16, 1934 to the late Sylvia and Albert Bergeson. Don grew up on the family farm with his brothers and sisters. Farming was always in his blood.
In 1952, Don graduated from Peshtigo High School. He served during the Korean War; enlisting in the Marine Corp. in 1953. During Armistice, he was shipped to Yokohama, Japan, where he was part of the 3rd Infantry Division as a Supply Sargent Clerk. Don spoke of the rough waters of ship ride to Japan saying “Even the eggs turned green.” While in Japan he met Sachiko Oike (Sato Ooike). They married on January 7, 1957 at the US Embassy in Kamakura, Japan. After his enlistment, Don took up Dairy Farming in Peshtigo. Don and Sachiko had 5 children; Bob, Dennis, Kimiko, Julie and Doug. They had 9 wonderful years together, “some bad, but mostly good” as Don would say. Then on June 4, 1966, his beloved Sachiko passed away. She was 42 years old. The dark days passed slowly, but a light was provided to him; in 1972, Don met Shirley Raygo at the Colonial Café in Peshtigo. They married on June 10, 1973. Don and Shirley had two children; Tammy and Andy. Don and Shirley worked the land and the Dairy Farm. They had a U-Pick vegetable farm known in all the surrounding counties. In 1997, Don retired from Dairy Farming. From that time on, Don and Shirley expanded on the U-Pick Vegetable Farm; including pumpkin rides, corn mazes and a variety of animals for customers to see; such as llamas, ponies, goats, ducks, cats, dogs and chickens. Last year, in 2015, his failing health prevented him from working the land he so loved. His legacy of farming the land and the U-Pick Vegetable Farm lives on with the care of his son and family, Doug Bergeson.
Don will be sadly missed by his wife of 43 years, Shirley(Raygo); his children Bob Bergeson (Robin), Dennis Bergeson, Kimiko Ott, Julie Pichler (James), Douglas Bergeson (Donna), Tammy Bulin (Eric) and Andy Bergeson(Mandy); nephews John Leslie(Judy), Dan Leslie(Rosemary), Steve Leslie (Marlene), cousin Dale Johnston (Rosemary), and sister Anna Dahl (Plorckeleman) of Green Bay. He is also survived by his 18 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Don is preceded in death by his parents Sylvia and Albert Bergeson, uncle Leander Bergeson, aunt Ruth Johnston, brother Bobby Bergeson, sisters Kathryn Leslie (George) and Dorothy Carr (Robert).
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 1, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1600 University Drive, Marinette, with Pastor James Wendt presiding. Don’s family will receive family and friends at the church from 9:00 AM until time of services at 12:00 Noon.
A special service will be at Riverside Cemetery in Peshtigo with Military Honors presented by the 20 Year Club and the Peshtigo American Legion 312 at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 9th .
In lieu of flowers, Don’s request is to make a donation to the Peshtigo American Legion 312 to help honor other deserving veterans. Send your donations to Peshtigo American Legion 312; Attn. Ron Kaempf; W4358 County Trunk B, Peshtigo, WI 54157.
The Bergeson family wishes to thank the entire staff at Rennes Health Care Center West, and the staff of Unity Hospice Care for all their help and loving care provided to the family during this difficult time. Also, Thank You - to all the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay and Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette.
The family would also like to express their appreciation to all the dedicated customers that came out, rain or shine, to pick vegetables and see the farm. Those customers are the ones that supported the Bergeson Farm through both the good years and the lean times. A special ‘Thank You’ to Lance Pesch, Dave Kirk and Mike, Diane and Mark Renquinn. Their support and hard work were greatly appreciated by Don and Shirley. A special mention and ‘Thank You’ to Ron Kaempf for his visits to Don in the nursing home and for his dedication to the veterans and the Peshtigo American Legion 312.
Ronald Bernard Garrigan
Ronald Bernard Garrigan, 90, a long time resident of Peshtigo, died Monday, June 20th surrounded by his family at Rennes East. Born May 12, 1926 son of the late Ronald and Ruth Garrigan of Menominee, Michigan, he grew up in Carney, Michigan.
Ronald graduated from Stephenson High School in May of 1943 and entered the U.S. Navy Reserves upon graduation at the age of 17 eager to serve his country during WWII. He was a Gunners Mate third class aboard the LSM 275. He fought in the overseas combat Pacific Theater 1944-45 Okinawa. He received the Unit Citation Asiatic Ribbon and 2 Battle Stars. He married the late Mary Ann Parrett on November 30, 1946 at the Church of Precious Blood in Stephenson, MI. He retired in 1986 from the Chicago Northwestern Railroad after 35 year of employment. At the time of his retirement he was the clerk and telegrapher at the depot in Marinette, WI. He also worked for many years for his good friends Snooky and Doris Sequin as a Bartender at the Trade Winds Supper Club every Sunday entertaining and serving the local AARP Group.
Ronald is survived by, two sons, William (Lillian) Garrigan of Columbus, Kansas and Patrick (Marjorie) Garrigan of Peshtigo; four daughters, Kathleen (Edward) Erdman of Wausaukee, Mary Garrigan of Marinette, Debby (Ralph) Brown of Peshtigo and Elizabeth (James) Behling of Harrodsburg, KY; one daughter-in-law, Jane Garrigan of Peshtigo; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Many Ann in 2009; his 4 sons, Gary in 1994, Michael Daniel in 1978, Michael John in 1952 and Michael Bernard in 1951. He was also preceded in death by, his sister, Virginia; a grandchild, Brenda Lynn Alswager in 1978 and a great grandchild, David Kamin in 1994.
Relatives and friends may call on Monday, June 27, at Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home from 3:00 pm until time of Memorial Service at 5:00 pm with Father John Harper officiating. Burial will be in Peshtigo Riverside Cemetery.