Remembering the life of John Arnold Bergan
John Arnold Bergan was born on April 14, 1944, and was the youngest child born to Arnold K. Bergan and Myrtle (Kloster) Bergan of rural Sharon, ND.
Many of John’s early years in elementary school were taught by his mother Myrtle, who was a school teacher for many years in Sharon. John enjoyed basketball and fishing with his father and worked as a farm hand through high school, graduating from Sharon High School in 1962. John attended the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University.
On November 10, 1964, John was married to Lois Yvonne Smith of Aneta, ND, in Biloxi, MS where John was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. John was transferred to Brindisi, Italy and Lois followed him there. Later they lived in San Antonio, TX until John was discharged from the military in September 1968.
John began a career with Supervalu Inc. that led to them to living in West Fargo, ND; Fort Wayne, IN; Bismarck, ND; Minneapolis, MN and Fargo, ND, where they lived since 2002. John spent over 38 dedicated years with Supervalu, not counting his early meat cutting days at Dahl’s Supervalu in Fargo, ND.
After Lois passed in 2007, John was reunited with a long-time friend, Claudia (Steedsman) Halverson, whom he married in October 2010, and made their home in Fargo, ND. After retirement in early 2014, John enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling to vacation locations such as the Black Hills and Hawaii, as well as visiting family and relatives.
John is survived by his wife, Claudia; two sons, Commander (retired) Shawn (Sondra) Bergan of Fargo, ND and Derek (Minda) Bergan of East Wenatchee, WA; one daughter, Shannon Lipinoga of Brooklyn Park, MN; nine grandchildren, CaSandra and Kayla Bergan of Fargo, Riley, Drew and Emma Bergan of Washington, Corynne, Michael, Jenna, and Nicole Lipinoga of Minnesota; one sister, Kay (Dennis) Netland of Minneapolis, MN; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.
The funeral service will held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Olivet Lutheran Church with visitation one hour before the funeral. Burial will follow the funeral at Silent Hill Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. in Aenta, ND.