Kahler-Dolce Mortuary

441 North Washington Street, Papillion, NE


John E Bergen

July 10, 1944February 6, 2020

Lt. Colonel John Edward Bergen, Born Somers Point, NJ, July 10th, 1944 – died Omaha, NE February 6th, 2020. Vietnam Vet who proudly served his country for over 50 years, as an officer in the Air Force beginning in July 1967, and then as a civilian contractor and civil service at OAFB until recent retirement. Preceded in death by parents John J. and Frances A.; wife Jeanne M.; sister Frances R. (Tootsie) Walton; nephew Michael W. Bergen. Survived by his loving wife Sherry; brother Michael L. Bergen (Joni); daughters Renee Justesen (Kurt), Brigette Chizek (Phil), Zoe Romaire, Brooke Strange (Shaun), Catherine Davis, Kim Dixon (Josh Branson); grandchildren Sara Braun Chapman (Isaac), Ben Justesen, Katie Justesen, Kennedy Chizek, Lexi Chizek, Tyler Chizek, Ali Chizek, Hailey Romaire, Olivia Strange, Arthur Carter, Justin Dixon, and Wyatt Branson; nephews Robert Walton (Kathleen), Matthew Walton (Alecia), and John J. Bergen (fiancee Brooke); and his best dog, Lucy. Gathering of Friends at mortuary Thursday 6-8pm. Graveside Service Friday 1:00 pm. Omaha National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in his name to your favorite charity.


  • Gathering with Family Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, February 14, 2020


John E Bergen

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Guy Schaefer

February 18, 2020

Heart-felt condolences on your loss. While I have only known and worked with John since 2010, I consider myself extremely fortunate and a richer person for the experiences we shared in that short time. I will especially treasure the times we compared notes and reminisced, having worked in similar, but not intersecting, orbits over the years prior. I will miss his wise advice and counsel, and his sense of humor. He was most definitely a great man and a trusted friend.

Scott Van Sant

February 12, 2020

In 2007, as a young Major at USSTRATCOM, John took me under his rather experienced wing and provided me invaluable guidance and advice I use to this very day. His presence will be missed but his legacy will continue in those he mentored. Our prayers are with you

John Dodson

February 12, 2020

Sherry my deepest sympathies during your time of loss, our thoughts/prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

John was a man amongst men, he accomplish so much during his time with STRATCOM and the Department of Defense. He will be truly missed.

Charlie Crawford

February 12, 2020

John and I served together three times: in Vietnam, at the Pentagon, an in Germany. I interacted with him again in Omaha when he was a contractor. He was a great Air Force officer and an even better person. He will be remembered.

Paul Miecznikoski

February 11, 2020

From Sara Chapman's work family in Delaware, we extend our sympathy to the entire family of Lt. Col. John Bergen. We can't be in Nebraska to honor John, but we are there with you in spirit and wish you peace in this time of sadness.

Gerald Shewan

February 9, 2020

From the Shewan familes in Erie, PA and Montgomery Village, MD, we send our condolences to Sherry and the Shepherd and Bergen families on the death of LTCOL John E. Bergen, USAF. We thank him for his years of service to the nation in the US Air Force and ask Almighty God to sent His comfort to his family in their moment of sadness. Requiescat in pace.

Gerald E. Shewan
Montgomery Village, MD