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Dennis Raymond Bergman, 70, of New London, died Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington after a strong battle against cancer for more than 3 years. He was born December 6, 1948 in Axtell, Kansas to Wilfred and Rosella Schmitz Bergman. On May 4, 1968 he married Judy K. Rettele in Ft. Polk, Louisiana.
He was a member of the last graduating class of St. Benedict, Kansas High School. He served as an Army medic during the Viet Nam war from 1968- 1970 where he was wounded and later received a purple heart. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the VFW. For 37 years, he was employed as a District Sales Manager for Ecolab, Inc. retiring in 2013. Dennis had a great love for classic cars and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping with his grandchildren; building extravagant Christmas light displays and was an ice cream and NASCAR enthusiast.
Besides his wife, Judy of New London, Dennis is survived by two daughters, Angie (Dave) Crandall of Urbandale and Cherie (Tom) Watznauer of New London; one son Kevin (Allison) Bergman of New London; nine grandchildren; Josh and Nikki Crandall; Justin, Jordan and Josey Watznauer; and Jayden, Natan, Malak, and Gage Bergman; 11 siblings; Karen (Albert) Rottinghaus of Wetmore, Kansas; Elaine (Wayne) Theel of Emporia, Kansas; Rosalyn (Bill) Neary of Silver Lake, Kansas; Alice (Frank) Wietharn of Topeka, Kansas; Stephen (Sheril) Bergman of St. Benedict, Kansas; Frank Bergman of Seneca, Kansas; Gary Bergman of Topeka, Kansas; John (Deb) Bergman of St. Benedict, Kansas; Brenda (Marion) Haug of Seneca, Kansas; Mary (Penny) Bergman of Shawnee, Kansas; and Brian (Amy) Bergman of Sabetha, Kansas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Loran Bergman.
The funeral service for Mr. Bergman will be held at 10:30 Wednesday at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant with Father Paul Connolly officiating. Burial will follow at St. Alphonsus Cemetery with military rites by Henry County Honor Guard. Visitation will begin at noon Tuesday at Elliott Chapel with the family receiving friends from 5 - 7 PM. There will be a rosary service at 6:45 and a 7 PM vigil service.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for his grandchildren's education.
Online condolences may be left at www.elliottfuneralchapel.com.
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My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I worked for Dennis in the MidStates District at Ecolab. I enjoyed the years working with Dennis and have great memories of him working with our team in the field. He will be deeply missed. I know how much he enjoyed spending time with family, grandchildren etc. as he beamed when speaking of time spent with them. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family in this time of grieving. Know that Dennis made an impact on many and truly loved his family! Have peace knowing he rests in a better place.
You have our deepest condolences Judy and family. We were happy that you both got to visit us in Pocatello, Id. last summer. I am sorry that we didn't get to visit you in New London. God be with you and your family.
Heard about your Dad's passing away. Please accept my condolences.
My deepest condolences to you, Judy, kids & grandkids. I worked with Dennis for several years at Ecolab and have fond memories of our meetings together as well as taking in Nascar races in Kansas City. Dennis was a man of high integrity, loved his family, customers and co-workers, and I know he will be truly missed.
God's blessings to you all.
Inver Grove Heights, MN