OBITUARY

Wayne Bergstrom

August 1, 1932October 26, 2013

Wayne Bergstrom, 81, of Montgomery Texas, formerly of Clarion, IA and Des Moines, IA. passed away Saturday, October 26 after a valiant battle against cancer. Wayne was born on August 1, 1932 in Des Moines, IA. He grew up on the East side and was always proud that he was an East Sider and was often heard saying, "Lee Township against the World". He graduated in 1950 from East High School, and attended Iowa State Teachers College for one year before transferring to Drake University where he starred in baseball. During his junior year he was named the most valuable player of his Bulldog team. Wayne was the first member of his family to attend college. After graduating from Drake, he married the love of his life, Jean Molsberry on June 18, 1954. Wayne served in the Army from 1955-56 and then followed his dream of becoming a teacher and a coach with his first position at Bridgewater-Fontanelle High School. In 1959 he took a position as head football coach at Clarion High School where he would successfully coach until 1971 when he became athletic director until assuming that same position at Ballard High School in 1981. He and Jean then moved to Montgomery, TX in 1996 following his retirement. Wayne had many passions in life but his number one was family. He and Jean raised three boys in Iowa and their life revolved around them from family vacations to kids sports, golfing, and his beloved Iowa State Cyclones. Wayne touched thousands of lives in ways only they may know through teaching, coaching, and serving his communities. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 1963 from the Clarion Community and also started the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Clarion in the early 1960's. Following his retirement, he spent a great deal of his time supporting his Montgomery County Salvation Army. He was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Conroe, TX. Wayne will be remembered for his gentle soul, fierce spirit, quick wit, and infectious laugh. All who were fortunate enough to share his path along the way will truly miss him. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Jean, three sons, Steve (Debbie), of Woodlands, TX, Craig (Rhonda), of Johnston, IA, and Bob (Kathy), of Littleton, CO; 8 grandchildren, and 4 great-grand children. Wayne was preceded in death by his loving mother, Lillie in 1979. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, October 31 at 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Conroe, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Montgomery County Salvation Army, PO Box 897, Conroe, TX 77305 marked: In memory of Wayne Bergstrom.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, October 31, 2013
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November 1, 2013

Dear Jean,
I am so sorry for your loss, the loss to your family, the loss to your many communities and my loss as well. I am so glad that I was able to be in touch with you in past years, and that Wayne knew the impact he had on my life. Dad and Dorothy so treasured their visit with you. I know they will be sorry to hear of Wayne's passing.
Blessings for the journey ahead. May peace be your companion.
Margaret (Appelgate) Aiseayew

November 1, 2013

Never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bergstrom but given his legacy Steve he must have been an extraordinary person. Our heartfelt condolences for those he left behind. Peter and Kathleen Esposito

October 31, 2013

How we are blessed to have known Bergie - or as we referred to him "Grandpa B". He always had a smile on his face, so obviously adored his wife Jean, and his boys! We love the whole Bergstrom family, and are grieving with you in your great loss! We love all of you! Malinn and Sandy Saxe

Rob Rowland

October 31, 2013

Bob - please accept my heartfelt condolences, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

October 30, 2013

Dear Jean and Family- You all know how SPECIAL Bergie was to me and the entire town of Clarion, Iowa. I am 64 years old and NO person, teacher, coach, neighbor, minister or friend has had the POSITIVE effect on my life and the lives of countlesss others that Bergie had. I have tried to pattern my marriage and my family after the way Bergie and Jean lived theirs. Saturday October 19, 2013 will be a lasting memory in my life. Wishing We could be with you on Thursday and praying for all of you to remember the "HAPPY MEMORIES" Love and Hugs from Iowa!!!
Scott & Nancy Case

Dave Braet

October 30, 2013

Wayne was a great person and I feel very fortunate to have known him. He was passionate about the the things that mean the most in life... family being number one (and the Cyclones close to it!). Thinking of the Bergstrom family now, stay strong.

Shannon Otwell

October 30, 2013

Bob & family,
I was very sorry to hear the news of you father's passing. I have been where you are with both my parents and am very sad for you and your family. I know how much your dad means to you and understand how difficult this is for you all. Although I never met your dad, I am certain that he is a good man and father. From the conversations we have had about your family over the years, it is clear that your parents did more right than wrong raising you boys. As the father of 3, I hope to do the same. You are all successful in your own right and I am sure that he is proud of the men you have become!

There is no doubt that the days and weeks ahead will be challenging. I will be thinking about you guys. Time has a way of healing all wounds and the pain will fade over time. The good news is that the memories will not! Rest in Peace Mr. Bergstrom.

Shannon Otwell

Mac Willemssen

October 30, 2013

Coach Bergstrom (or Bergie, as we called him once we got older) was a special person in my life. He was also special to a whole generation of kids in Clarion as our junior high social studies teacher, Sunday school teacher, football and baseball coach and FCA advisor.

Through the generosity of Steve and Debbie Bergstrom, six of us former CHS football players were able to fly to Texas and be with Bergie for a day, less than a week before he died. It wss a day we "boys", now 66 and 67 years old, will always hold dear. It was so good to be with our Coach again. For a few hours it was 1963 again.

Bergie, you were loved and respected. Rest in peace.

Debbie Bergstrom

October 30, 2013

I called him Grandpa, as I had known him as Mr, Bergstrom first as my junior high math teacher. He was a wonderful father-in-law, dad and grandpa. He went to as many events in our family as physically possible. The last one was Emme's first birthday. As my husband said, there is a big hole in our hearts. Grandpa, we will take good care of Jean. Rest in Peace.

Nancy Duitscher

October 29, 2013

Mr. Bergstrom was not only my 8th grade teacher but the leader of my Sunday school class in high school. He always challenged our thinking and always wanted us to be and do our best. He was a good man.