Eugene "Gene" Bergman passed away in Dayton, Washington on Friday, June 21, 2013. Born near Spokane on June 14, 1921, Gene grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon and graduated from Klamath Falls High School in 1940. The following year he joined the Coast Guard and served on board a Navy supply ship based in San Francisco. After World War II he moved to Seattle and met Betty Emerson. They married in 1946 and moved to Seattle's Queen Anne Hill in 1949.
Over the following decades Gene and Betty raised five children, Gary, Eugene Jr., Mike, Betsy and Sarah. In 1951, following a stint as a dispatcher for Puget Power, Gene began a long career with Alexander Gow Fire Equipment in Seattle. Betty died suddenly of a stroke in 1970.
Gene married Vera Peace at the Bethany Presbyterian Church on Queen Anne Hill in 1975. The following year, Gene and Vera moved from Queen Anne to a new house they built on Redmond-Fall City Road. Gene continued to work for Alexander Gow until he retired at age 70 in 1991. He made many great friends at Gow and kept in touch with them after he left the company.
Following retirement, Gene and Vera moved to Nampa, Idaho. A big celebration took place at their home June 14, 2011 on the occasion of Gene's 90th birthday, with relatives attending from all over the country.
Gene Bergman's long life was filled with love of family, love of friends and care for others. He is survived by his wife Vera and his children Eugene Jr., Mike, Betsy and Sarah. Special heartfelt thanks to Vera's son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Donna Gentry for the loving care they provided Gene during his final days. A Celebration of Gene's life will take place at the Fellowship Hall of Bethany Presbyterian Church, 1818 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle WA on Saturday, July 13 from 12 Noon to 2:30 P.M.
Graveside Services: July 5th at 10:00 A.M. Hillcrest Memorial Park, 945 N.E. Hillcrest Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526.
Published in The Seattle Times from July 1 to July 2, 2013