April 13, 1932 - September 25, 2012
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Madras resident Claude Thomas Bergeron Jr. died at home on Sept. 25, 2012, at the age of 80.
He was born April 13, 1932, in Dallas, Texas, to parents Georgia and Claude T. Bergeron Sr. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was very proud of his military service in the U.S. Navy.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he went to work as a psychiatric technician and worked for years in the mental health hospitals in California. He furthered his study to become a registered nurse, and then a family nurse practitioner. Together with his wife, Barbara, also a family nurse practitioner, he started a number of community health centers in Northern California and Southern Oregon.
In spite of a serious auto accident in 1979, he continued to work and was passionate about bringing health care services to those in need. He retired
He liked to call himself "the stable boy" after his retirement. He greatly enjoyed fishing on Lake Simtustus.
Survivors include his wife Barbara; their daughters Kimberly Bergeron Marcott, Cindy Bergeron; grandchildren Preston Bridges and his wife Asia, Felisha Short and her husband Matthew, John Baley, and Shane Bergeron. He is also survived by Robin Renee Barrere, a daughter from a previous marriage, and her three children. He was preceded in death by his sister, Claudia Tiemann.
Memorial services for Claude will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home in Madras. A reception at the family home will follow. Donations in Claude's memory may be made to Mountain View Home Health and Hospice in Madras, or to Wounded Warriors.
A special thanks goes out to all the staff at home health and hospice for all their special care and kindness shown to Claude and the family.
Published in Herald And News on Sept. 30, 2012