Galen Willis Bergquist

Galen Willis Bergquist
July 4, 1926 - Nov. 6, 2013
Resident of Gilroy
Galen Willis Bergquist, resident of Village Green in Gilroy, CA passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at the age of 87. Husband of the late Edythe Bergquist who passed on May 19, 1998. Father of Dennis Bergquist and his wife, Leslie; Ann Costa and her husband, Randy. Grandfather of Matthew, Mark & Lauren Bergquist and Thomas & Kevin Costa.
Galen was born in Burdick, KS on July 4, 1926 and moved to San Luis Obispo, CA on July 17, 1937. He Graduated from High School in SLO and attended Cal Poly. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Counter Intelligence Corps in Germany after World War II. He was a resident of Salinas from 1959 - 2004 before moving to Gilroy. He was a civil engineer for Cal Trans for 40 years.
Galen was an avid nature lover; being a docent at Point Lobos, serving meals for Meals on Wheels and had many guide dogs through 4-H with his children. While at Village Green his favorite past time were weekly breakfasts with his favorite group at O.D's Restaurant, Gilroy on Tuesdays, and taking walks along the trail. He also enjoyed sports and particularly tennis and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Galen's family would like to thank Gilroy Rehabilitation Center and Village Green for their dedication to Galen's care.
Memorial Services will be announced later. The family requests donations to Guide Dogs for the Blind. (
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Habing Family Funeral Home
129 4th Street  Gilroy, CA 95020

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Nov. 13, 2013