Charles LeRoy Bergstrom (October 22, 2015)

11526 PhotoJanuary 3, 1930 ~ October 22, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015
2:00-7:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
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The family will be present to greet friends from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

Monday, October 26, 2015
11:00 AM
Congregational United Church of Christ
Harlan, IA
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Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IA

2 Daughters – Patricia Robinson of Irwin, IA
Laurel (Tim) Burger of Harlan, IA
1 Sister – Lois (Carl) Johnson of Omaha, NE
3 Grandsons – Jason (Kaitlyn) Burger of Harlan, IA
Jesse (Brianne “Bri”) Burger of Omaha, NE
Christian Robinson of Irwin, IA
1 Granddaughter – Jaedyn Robinson of Irwin, IA
1 Great-granddaughter – Lillian Burger of Harlan, IA
Other Relatives & Friends

Charles LeRoy “Chuck” Bergstrom was born on January 3, 1930, in Stafford, Nebraska, to Nils Amos and Esther Alta (Schober) Bergstrom. He attended rural schools until his family moved to Ewing, Nebraska, where he graduated from Ewing Public Schools in 1948. Charles was a member of the Boy Scouts in Ewing, and was on the football and basketball teams in high school.

After graduation, Charles worked in road construction until January 1951, when he enlisted in the Army. He trained as a tank mechanic and served in the 73rd Tank Battalion in South Korea and with the Armored School in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He received his discharge in March 1954, having attained the rank of sergeant.

Following his discharge, Charles returned to road work before attending Norfolk Junior College, Norfolk, Nebraska, where he received an Associate in Arts degree in May 1956. On August 24, 1956, he married Evelyn Ann Thompson at the First Congregational Church in Wisner, Nebraska. Charles attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Nebraska, and Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska; he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in May 1959. From 1959-1962, he taught mathematics/science in the Cumberland-Massena (Iowa) School District. In 1962, the couple moved to Harlan, Iowa, where Charles taught high school mathematics until his retirement in 1992. He also taught Trigonometry and Calculus for Iowa Western Community College. During his summers from 1968-1970, Charles attended Colorado State University, Greeley, Colorado, and received his Masters Degree in 1970.

A past member of the Masonic Lodge in Wisner, Nebraska, Charles was also a member of the Lions Clubs in Cumberland, Iowa, and Harlan, Iowa, for a number of years. He and Evelyn were members of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Harlan, Iowa, where Charles had served as a member of the Trustees. His hobbies included traveling, photography, remodeling his home in Harlan, and feeding the birds. After retirement, the couple enjoyed traveling and visiting relatives and friends; they also enjoyed visiting national parks and area state parks, observing the many beauties of God’s creation.

Charles L. “Chuck” Bergstrom died on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn, Iowa, at the age of 85 years, 9 months, and 19 days.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn, on April 1, 2015; infant daughter, Denise Lee; and two sisters, Mary Lou Rebmann and Joyce Louise Wagner. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Robinson of Irwin, Iowa, and Laurel (Tim) Burger of Harlan, Iowa; three grandsons, Jason (Kaitlyn) Burger and their daughter, Lillian, of Harlan, Iowa, Jesse (Brianne “Bri”) Burger of Omaha, Nebraska, and Christian Robinson of Irwin, Iowa; one granddaughter, Jaedyn Robinson of Irwin, Iowa; one sister, Lois (Carl) Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Monday, October 26, 2015, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Harlan, Iowa, with Rev. Donna Ewert officiating. Jim Thompson served as the organist. Honorary casket bearers were Ken Sprague, Herb Lang, Everette Carroll, and John Gilliland. Active bearers were Jason Burger, Jesse Burger, Josh Pedersen, Todd Johnson, Jaedyn Robinson, and Christian Robinson. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa, with military rites conducted by VFW Post #941 and Helmer Reyelt AL Post #150, Harlan. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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4 Responses to Charles LeRoy Bergstrom (October 22, 2015)

  1. Carol Butts Kline says:

    Dear Pat & family,

    I am very sad to read of your father’s passing. Your dad taught me Geometry & I will never forget that side, angle, side equals side, angle, side! Thinking of you at this difficult time. May he rest in peace. Carol Butts Kline ’79

  2. lisa (kohles) schomers says:

    Mr. Bergstrom was my math teacher at HCHS. He was quirky and fun; great qualities for a high school math teacher. I still remember his trigonometry “SOH-CAH-TOA” and his famous (infamous?) quote of “diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain”.

    Mr. Bergstrom encouraged me to go to college; no one in my lineage had attended university. I am thankful. I went to Iowa State to be a math teacher and graduated an electrical engineer.

    Mr. Bergstrom left a mark on this small town Portsmouth girl. I am grateful.

    Peace to the Bergstrom family.

  3. Denis Bergstrom says:

    Pat, Laurel and families
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Whenever your folks came to Ewing, they would stop in for a visit, we really enjoyed those visits. May you take some comfort in knowing that your mom and dad are together again. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Denis & Jody Bergstrom
    Ewing, NE

  4. Kay Johnson says:

    May God comfort your entire family at this sad time. To lose both parents in a matter of six months is almost more than a family can handle. Please know that his many cousins are grieving with you.

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