Stanley Bergan, 60, LeRoy

Funeral services for Stanley Bergan were held Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at the LeRoy Lutheran Church with the Reverend Rolf Wangberg officiating. Burial took place in the church cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 161 and by the Army Burial Honors.

Stanley Bergan, age 60, of LeRoy died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications following a liver transplant.

Stanley Curt Bergan was born March 16, 1951, in Austin, Minnesota, to Curtis and Dorothy (Enfield) Bergan. He was baptized and confirmed in the LeRoy Lutheran Church and graduated from the LeRoy-Ostrander High School in 1969 where he was active in 4H, FFA and sports. He attended Mankato State University and later completed his undergraduate degree at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa. Stan was united in marriage to Sharon Knode on January 12, 1975, at the LeRoy Lutheran Church. He joined the Army National Guard in November 1975 beginning his career as battalion motor officer for the 47th S&T Battalion. Stan loved his two years of service as company commander. In 1991, Major Bergan served as operations officer for the Emergency Operations Center within the Pentagon during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Later in his career, Stan served in Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom with much time spent overseas. Stan retired as a Full Bird Colonel from Rock Island Arsenal in 2008 returning to LeRoy to farm as he did throughout his military career.

Stan’s loves were his family, farm and country. He was a dedicated husband, father, and good steward of the land. He was also a very dedicated soldier. He was a Soil and Conservation Board member and a member of the LeRoy Rural Fire Association. He served as a township officer on the LeRoy Township Board and was a member of the LeRoy Lutheran Church where he served on the council and cemetery board. He was a member of the American Legion Post 161 in LeRoy, the VFW Post 4114 in Spring Valley, and also a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon and son, Brad, both of LeRoy and daughter Rebecca (Dallas) Linkenmeyer of Riceville, Iowa; grandchildren Cheyenne Bergan and Kennedy and Mally Linkenmeyer; his mother Dorothy Bergan, of LeRoy and siblings Doug (Linda) Bergan of Lanesboro and Diane Lukavsky of Chariton, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his father, Curtis.

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