Leonard Bergeson

Friday, September 23, 2011

Funeral services for Mr. Leonard Bergeson, 95, of Chandler, Ariz., formerly of Spencer, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Rev. Reuben Evenson will officiate the service.

Visitation will be one-hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Military rites will be conducted, at the gravesite, by the American Legion - Glen Pedersen Post No. 1, of Spencer.

Mr. Bergeson passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at Lund Family Hospice Home in Chandler.

Leonard Leon Bergeson, the son of Halvor and O'Lena (Aanonson) Bergeson, was born April 22, 1916, near Wallingford, Ia. He was baptized and confirmed at Wallingford Lutheran Church, attended grade school in Wallingford, and graduated from Estherville High School in Estherville, Ia. He married (the late) Dorothy Damstrom in 1940 with whom he had two children, (the late) Pastor Dennis Bergeson, and Doreen (Bergeson) Bush.

Leonard served three years in World War II in several European countries (including Germany) with the 8th Armored Division. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Spencer, Ia. He did construction for 63 years having owned his own business building several churches, homes and office buildings. Leonard and his wife, Dorothy, lived in Estherville, Pocahontas, and Spencer, Ia. They enjoyed church activities as members of Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. The also enjoyed square dancing and spent several winters in Arizona.

Leonard was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (2003); his son, Dennis (2009); his parents; and all his siblings; half-sister, Clara Lee; sisters: Alma Richards, Nora Evenson and Sadie Lucille Lowe; brothers: Burt, Alfred, Herbert and Charley Bergeson; and a newborn brother.

Survivors are: daughter, Doreen (Dave) Bush of Chandler, Ariz.; grandchildren: Michael and Amy Bush and great-grandchild, Peyton Bush -- all of Chandler, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer was in charge of arrangements.