Ronald P. Bergstrom, 94 – Axtell Resident
Ronald P. Bergstrom, 94, of Axtell, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at CHI Health – Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Minden with the Rev. Evan Winter officiating.
The service will be live streamed to the funeral home’s Facebook page. A fellowship lunch gathering will be held following the service. Interment will be held later that day at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Axtell with military honors presented by the Minden American Legion and Heartwell Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Minden with Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Memorials in Ronnie’s honor are kindly suggested to St. John’s Catholic Church in Minden. Arrangements are under the care of Craig Funeral Home in Minden.
Ronald Paul Bergstrom was born on December 25, 1927 in Wilcox, Nebraska as the oldest of seven children to Stanley and Lucille (Lippstreu) Bergstrom. Ronnie attended school in Wilcox and graduated in 1945.
His passion for farming was evident through his tireless work ethic, but in addition to being an American farmer, he was also compelled to serve his country. At the age of 22, Ron served in the U.S. Army – Infantry Division during the Korean War from 1950-1952.
In 1953, Ron was united in marriage to Patricia Ryan. He and Patty had three children, Mike, Cindy, and Kelli. They were married 67 years until Patty’s passing in April of 2021.
Those who knew Ronnie also knew that he loved to have conversations about life and history. He had a mind as sharp as a tack and many times read at least three papers a day, but he had no use for the internet, a computer, or a cell phone. In addition to his love of farming and his family, he absolutely loved to sing and dance, and was the lead singer in a band called “The Sons of the Soil”.
The band performed around the Phelps and Kearney County area for many years. Ronnie was also very proud of serving as the president of the Keene Co-op in the 1980’s.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Mike (Janet) Bergstrom of Axtell, and Kelli (Ron) Jorgensen of Omaha; grandchildren, Angela (Zac) Carlson, Ashley (Mike) Clark, Ryan (Morgan) Bergstrom, Mitch Jorgensen, and Cassidy Jorgensen; great-grandchildren, Kenzo, Cooper, and Caden Carlson; and Ledger Bergstrom; brother, Gary (Kathy) Bergstrom; sisters, Rosemarie Taylor and Rogene Baxter; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Patty, daughter, Cindy; brother, Merrill Bergstrom; and sisters, Connie Hasbrouck and Ruth Burchell.
Tributes and memories can be shared with the family at www.craigfunerals.com.