Marvin C. Bergan

November 20, 1928April 12, 2019

Marvin C. Bergan passed away Friday, April 12, 2019, at the age of 90. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 PM Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 South. Funeral Services with full military honors will be 11:00 am Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery of Abilene, 7457 West Lake Road.

Marvin was born November 20, 1928 in Saco, Montana to Engeman and Viola Bergan. He graduated from Saco High School where he lettered in football, baseball and basketball, with his team going to state in 1946. During summers in high school, he worked several jobs including farming and working for the railroad signal department, where he lived and ate in a railroad car. After graduating in 1947, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and one year later he was in Japan, where he earned the Japan Occupational Medal. Upon returning stateside, he was assigned to a number of different areas, including a radar station in Montana, AFROTC at the University of Rochester, New York, and the Washington D.C. area, where he took part in the President Kennedy’s inauguration. In 1970, he was stationed in Abilene, where he received assignments to Ireland and Panama. During this time, he received awards including the AF Commendation Medal with third oak leaf. He retired from the Air Force after 26 years of service as Chief Master Sergeant on August 31, 1973 with the duty title of Manpower Management Superintendent.

He was a lifetime member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association. Following retirement, he worked at Texas State Optical, Kirby Company, Civil Service at the Army Depot in Corpus Christi, Texas.

His hobbies included fishing, bowling, 42 and volunteering at Cobb Park.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Louis and Bob; a daughter, Sandra Martin; and a step-daughter, Bonnie Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Schulz Bergan; two sons, Steven Bergan and wife Jeanie; Lon Bergan and wife Dora; one daughter, Terrie McLaughlin and husband Mike; two step-sons, Kenneth Heaton and wife Cheryl, and Norman Heaton; one brother, Jerome Bergan; one sister, Diane Lockard; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 18, 2019

Marvin C. Bergan

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