Allen "Bergie" Bergeson
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Allen "Bergie" Bergeson, age 83, died as a result of cancer on February 2, 2013 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at St. George Catholic Church in Hartford with burial following at St. George Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be on Wednesday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at St. George Church with a prayer service and recitation of the Holy Rosary at 5:30 pm.
Allen was born at Platte, SD on January 14, 1930 to Ben and Gertie (Meyerink) Bergeson at rural Platte, SD. His family lived near Belvidere, SD, until he was five years old when they moved to Canton, SD where he attended school. After sixth grade he spent 15 months working on a farm south of Canton and attended the Moe Country School for 7th grade. He graduated from Canton High School in 1948. Allen served in the U.S. Air Force in England during the Berlin Air Lift and also in the U.S. Marine Corps in Japan and Korea during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge in 1953, he was employed in the construction industry, first as a carpenter, then as a self-employed home builder. He served as President of the Sioux Falls Home Builders Association in 1963 and as a National Director of the Home Builders Association in 1964. In 1969 he joined Gil Haugan Construction and worked for the company for the next 30 years as Superintendent, General Superintendent and Project Manager, retiring in 1999.
On October 1, 1955, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Hodapp at Sioux Falls, SD. They were blessed with 57 years of marriage and six wonderful children. They have lived at Wall Lake south of Hartford for 53 years. During their married life, Allen was an active member at St. George Catholic Church, serving on the church council as President and for many years as a Lector. He was an active supporter of West Central schools and athletics serving as President of the West Central High School Athletic Booster Club for two years and served on the Bond Issue Committee for West Central Schools promoting building projects for the District. He was a member and Past President of the Dakota Harness Club and a member of the Humboldt Threshing Bee Club using his team of Belgian horses. He enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids compete in 4-H horse programs, rodeo and all school activities.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Margie and their six children: Thomas, Susan, Marlyn, Lance, Teresa and Joel; 18 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren:
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. George Catholic Church or a
Published in The Argus Leader on Feb. 5, 2013