Ralph F. Bergeland
Ralph F. Bergeland, age 94, passed away on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. He was born on Feb. 27, 1923, to Martin and Amanda (Anderson) Bergeland, in a rural farmhouse in Hamlin Township, Dawson Minn. Ralph was their third eldest child, in the family of six boys, and two girls. He attended and graduated from Hamlin Consolidated Elementary Schools. Ralph rode to school on horse drawn heated buses until 1935, never needing to walk to school. Later, motorized buses made getting to school new and exciting for young Ralph. Ralph served in the Army during WWII, as part of the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign. After his service, he received a B.A. in Business Administration from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, 1949. Ralph married Anita Smith, on Oct. 2, 1954. The two settled in Brooklyn, Wis. He spent the next 35 years in the farm equipment industry working with dealers as a territory manager in the Midwest. First with IHC then with Allied (Oliver, Moline, New Idea) and retired in 1984. In retirement he began working part time at Brinks Armored Car Services from 1984 – present (33 years). He has always farmed part time raising cattle, horses and chickens with a special interest in horses. Ralph had great respect for his community. He was involved and very active in his church, served as President on the Oregon School Board and a member of the Oregon/Brooklyn VFW.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Anita; children, Russell of Brooklyn, Tracy of New Glarus, Reid (Wendy) of Brooklyn, and Eliot (Michelle) of Brooklyn; granddaughters, Taylor, Katie, Grace, Ava and Claire; siblings, Orton of Calif., Luther of Col., Helen of Calif., James of Minn., and Martin (Carol) of SD; sister-in-law, Helen of Minn; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harlowe of Minn.; and sister Mavis of Minn.; sisters-in-law, Barbara, Jeanette and Lois; brother-in-law, Ray.
Funeral services will be held at ST JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 625 East Netherwood, Oregon, at 1 p.m., on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, with Rev. Paul Markquart presiding. Burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation will be held at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday. The family wishes to thank the staff of Agrace HospiceCare for all of their wonderful care. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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