Gerald J. Bergeon, 86, of Escanaba, MI, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, May 14th 2017, following a long and courageous battle with Inclusive Body Myositis.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, he was born and raised in Escanaba, MI. The son of Nels J. and Irene (Viau) Bergeon, he graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1949. In 1956, he received degrees in higher accounting and business administration from Cloverland Commercial College.
He proudly served in the Army in Germany with the 517th Armored Field Self Propelled Artillery Battalion and with the Air Force 1603 RD Air Transport Command, Atlantic Division (MATS) in North Africa. He was a member of the Air Force Reserves during the Cuban Missile Crisis and also with Company C of the 107th Engineer Battalion Michigan National Guard receiving the Lt. Colonel Pascoe award for outstanding engineer of the year. He retired with over 21 years of service as a PSG.
A Michigan Military Academy Graduate, he was recognized by his superiors to become an officer, but instead he chose to return to Escanaba and marry Betty Roberts (Flat Rock) the love of his life, whom he married in August of 1955. He worked for the Escanaba Division of Mead Paper in management and retired with 36 years’ service. His most pleasurable moments above everything else were spending time with his beloved wife, children, and grandchildren. Before his illness he enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, automotive repair, and metalworking. He and his wife Betty lived many of his retirement years in Florida returning to Escanaba to live out the rest of their Golden years to be near their children, grandchildren, and great grandson. He was a lifetime member of VFW post 2998, Mead Rod and Gun Club, past member of the American Legion Post 82, Amvets post 123, Mead Management Club and current member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.
In addition to his devoted wife, Betty, of Escanaba, survivors include; daughter, Lynn (Randy) Long of Manitowoc, WI, son, Roy (Debby) Bergeon of Escanaba; daughter Sandra (Mark) Calouette of Escanaba; six grandchildren, Casey (Jenny) Calouette, Katy (Clem) Larson, Jarred (Tamara) Ingram, Justin Ingram, Charlene (Robert) Thiede and Ben (Rebecca) Bergeon; great grandson Walter Calouette; sisters, Marilyn (Richard) McKnight of Brampton, Laura (Wayne) Benard of Gladstone, Helen (Bob) Vidmar of Cadiz, KY, Cathy LaFleur of Escanaba, and brother Robert (Shan) Bergeon of Two Rivers, WI; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Nels, mother Irene; brothers, Dan, John and Ed; sisters, Loraine St. John and Mary LaFave, all of Escanaba.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 18th from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Military rites will be at 1:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 3:00 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with Rev. Rick Courier officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.
Entombment will be in the Gardens of Rest Mausoleum on Friday, May, 19th at 9:00 a.m.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at email@example.com.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Bergeon family.