Gerald J. Bergeon

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died May 14th, 2017

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

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Bergeon family.

9 Tributes to “Gerald J. Bergeon”

  1. Beloved Brother,
    As you are laid to rest a part of me goes with you. I am looking forward to the day we are all together in heaven and have a big family reunion like the ones we had in Gladstone. I still laugh at the contest you and I had who could eat their hot dog the fastest. You won the challenge and I even cheated a little by tossing away part of the bun. I still think you hid part of your hot dog. At our next reunion–GAME ON !!!
    Love and miss you Jerry,

  2. Beloved Brother,
    Another day has past and I feel so sad and lost in many ways. I have been blessed to have you for my brother. You were the very best. Why did you go , why did you have to leave us? Life without you has robbed me of my smiles, like a thief. I should be happy as you celebrate your new life. Why then do I feel so broken. I miss you so.
    Love and hugs,

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about Gerry. He was such a wonderful person, father, grandfather and husband. I have many great memories of him growing up, though it’s been a few years since I’ve seen him, he was a wonderful person. My thoughts go out to his family and friends in this difficult time.

  4. My thoughts and Prayers go out to Sandy, Lynn, and Roy for their loss.

  5. Lynn, Sandy and Roy,
    We pray the love of God surrounds you as you go through your journey of grief. Gone from sight but never from our hearts. We are missing him along with you. We are thinking of you and the rest of the family. Our prayers go with you.
    Love ,
    Uncle Bob and Aunt Helen

  6. Miss Betty,
    Jerry left you with so many beautiful thoughts and memories. A loving husband so gentle and kind. Those we love never leave us . They walk beside us every day. We are thinking of you at this sad time and sending our love and prayers.
    Bob and Helen

  7. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be so He put His arms around you and whispered “come to Me.” With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and struggle each day. We love you so dearly Jerry but could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating as you went to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. You left me with many happy memories a great joy you will never know, I am trying hard to say good-bye but I can’t let you go. The emptiness and void I feel has left a deep hole. You have helped me through many problems in life and always there for me. Guess what !!! I am still going to turn to you and bother you in heaven. You are with me always in my heart and memories. I love you Jerry.
    Your sister, Helen

  8. Beloved Brother,
    The years we’ve shared have been full of joy and the memories we’ve made will last forever. My world stopped turning when God called you home. A great limb has fallen from our family tree. You were not only my brother but a true friend. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal but love leaves a memory that no one can steal. No words can describe how much you are loved by all and sadly missed.
    Sending lots of love and hugs to you in heaven,

  9. Jeff will always remember the pick up games of basketball that he would play with the boys at Marilyn’s house in Florida.

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