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LeRoy Bergen

Sept. 9, 1914-Dec. 4, 2007

LeRoy V. Bergen, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at his home in Detroit Lakes.

LeRoy Vincent Bergen was born to Joseph and Mary (Hudon) Bergen on Sept. 9, 1914 in Detroit Lakes. He attended Holy Rosary School and then joined his parents in their truck farm business. In 1935, he and his brother, Lawrence founded Bergen Wholesale Florists, a business that the family still operates today.

LeRoy married Martha Tembrock on July 25, 1938 in Ogema. They made their home in Detroit Lakes and since 1977, have spent their winters at Leisure World in Mesa, Ariz. LeRoy served as president of Tri-State Floral Association, he was a member of Bedding Plants International, a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Detroit Lakes Lions Club. He was also a member of the Elks and Eagles Clubs. He was a lifelong investor and board member of Snappy, Inc. in Detroit Lakes.

During World War II, LeRoy he was a pilot for the Fargo Civil Air Patrol. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved his family, his church, greenhouses, gardening, reading and traveling.

He will be remembered and deeply missed by his wife of 69 years, Martha of Detroit Lakes; his children, Robert (Cookie) Bergen of Detroit Lakes, Raymond "Butch" (Akama) Bergen of Woodstock, N.Y., Karen (Robert) Velline of Cold Spring, Minn., JoAnne (Donald) Lane of St. Cloud, Rick (Sue) Bergen of Maple Grove, Minn., Mike Bergen of Salt Lake City, Utah, Patty (Mitch) Vogt of Detroit Lakes, James Bergen of Detroit Lakes, Mary (Marty) Solmon of Detroit Lakes, Steve Bergen of Detroit Lakes and Joe (Kelli) Bergen of Cold Spring; 34 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; a brother, Orville (Faye) Bergen of Caldwell, Idaho; and a sister, Genevieve Doll of Yakama, Wash.

Preceding him in death were his son, Ronald; daughter, Monica; one grandson and one great-grandson; brothers, Lawrence, James and Jerome; as well as sisters, LaVonne, Eva and Dorothy.

Friends may call between 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Holy Rosary Church. The Knights of Columbus will pray the Rosary at 4:30 p.m., with a parish vigil service at 7 p.m., all at the church. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the mass at the church on Monday.

A mass of Christian burial is set for 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Jerry Rogers officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.