Bergen, David

David "Dave" Bergen

1933 – 2014

bergen dave sqDavid Bergen was born February 21, 1933 in Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico to Abram and Katharina Bergen.  He never knew his mother, who passed away when he was just two years old. Dad moved to Canada from Mexico on April 7, 1954, following his childhood neighbor and sweetheart, Katharina Schmidt, whom he married on October 31, 1954. On July 9, 1954, Dad started working for Mr. Krushel at Standard Gas Engine Works, then known as Farm King after John Buhler purchased it and later known as Buhler Industries. Dad loved to work at Farm King and loved all his friends he made in the 50 years he worked there. He loved people.  He loved the R & D of new products, purchasing new equipment, going to machinery shows and loved the quality and fast paced environment.  Dad’s motto was – the faster, the stronger the better.  Dad believed in hard work and made sure all us kids believed in a strong work ethic like him.  It has been very difficult to determine his actual date of retirement because he kept going to work on a regular and then part time basis after his retirement party until approximately 2004 or age 71.

Four things were very important to Dad; he wanted to make sure all his children and grandchildren accepted Jesus as their personal Saviour, that we all attended church regularly, that we completed grade 12 and that we all worked hard. At the age of 19, Dad made the decision to follow Christ and was baptized at the age of 21 in the Old Colony Church in Blumenfeld, Manitoba.  Dad continued to grow in his faith and served the Lord to the best of his abilities.  He continued to praise the Lord for his continuous blessings in his life and his whole family.  Dad was very committed to his church and served on many boards and committees and attended faithfully as long as he was able. Dad had a passion for yard work, his lawn and flower gardens.  They were always manicured to a tee. In the winter his driveway was always clean and clear of any snow or ice.  Dad was also known as our family “house inspector” and as well to many in town.  In his retirement he would go for walks around town checking on the progress of any new construction and making sure it was constructed properly and to the highest quality.  He would stop along the way and talk to anyone who had the time to visit. Once dad retired he enjoyed keeping busy by going for coffee and/or breakfasts with family and friends as much as possible. Dad enjoyed sports.  He loved to get on his bicycle and go find a ball game.  He always thought there had to be a ball game somewhere in town. Dad really started to enjoy curling, be it watching on TV or on Tuesday nights at the local curling rink watching Peter and/or Keith.  Always more exciting when Peter would play against his doctor (Dr. Convery) to see who would win and have some laughs.  The last few summers mom and dad also enjoyed watching Peter play ball again. Dad had a special relationship and loved spending time with each of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When mom’s health was failing in February 2011, Mom and dad moved into Oak West Estates in Morden. As much as they missed their house, sunroom and yard, they enjoyed meeting many new friends and times visiting.

In October 2012 dad was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease which attacked his kidneys.  In May of 2013, we noticed the right side of his face drooping slightly and the doctors discovered a cancerous mass on the right side of his face. Dad fought hard, this past year, receiving radiation in Winnipeg, every day for a month, but he soon realized his time on this earth would be short. On January 28th, dad was hospitalized one last time. On Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:05 p.m., after spending a month in Boundary Trails Health Centre and with family by his side, he peacefully went to be with Jesus, his Saviour and Lord at the age of 81 years and 2 days.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 59 years, Tina (nee Schmidt), four children, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren: his daughter, Tina and Isaac Wiebe, Joel and Shelley Wiebe and Emily, Alissa and Mike Dyck and Karsen and Kyler, Almira and Travis Penner and Kierra, Easton and Koen, his son, Peter and Kathy Bergen, Kelly and Jeff Guenter, Keith and Renae Bergen, his daughter, Helen Bergen, his daughter, Annie Bergen and his half sister, Edith Klassen of Mexico.  Dad was predeceased by his mom, Katharina (nee Reddekopp) when he was two years old and his dad, Abram Bergen when he was nineteen, twelve brothers and two sisters.  Dad we love you and will miss you and your prayers but we will always treasure the memories and the amazing legacy you leave for each of us.

Funeral service was held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Zion Mennonite Church in Schanzenfeld, MB with interment at Hillside Cemetery in Morden. Thanks to everyone for your love, prayers and support you have shown to dad and our family.  We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. Convery and all the staff at the palliative care at Boundary Trails Health Centre as well as the doctors and staff at Cancer Care Manitoba for their excellent and compassionate care.  Thank you to our friends and family for all the visits, flowers, condolences and food that was brought.  If friends so desire, donations may be made in Dave’s memory to Boundary Trails Health Centre Palliative Care or Gideon Memorial Bible Plan.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements