Former Juneau resident Edward Bergeron died May 19, 2008, surrounded by his wife and daughters at home. He was 80.
He was born Feb. 25, 1928, in Bellflower, Calif., to Jack Gabriel Bergeron and Etta Manda Gann.
In 1944, he joined the Merchant Marines and was witness to action in the Pacific in the last months of World War II. He graduated from bakers school and served as a cook, and when needed, a gunner, too.
Among other professions, he worked for the Forest Service as a crew chief and fire watchman. He and his wife lived at Quartzville, Colo., while he worked for Linn County Fire Patrol checking log trucks and managing their forestry section.
In June 1963, he moved his family to Fairbanks, where he served as 1st Sergeant of the Alaska National Guard. The following year, they relocated to Juneau, where they lived for the next 30 years. He retired from the National Guard in 1974.
He, his father and brothers fished off the western U.S. coast. Ed retired from commercial fishing in 1989 in Juneau.
He enjoyed the outdoors, whether hiking in the Juneau area with his family or exploring the small communities on the way to the fishing grounds in Southeast.
Family said he was always available to help someone or play the part of Santa at the Juneau Children's Home. His quick smile, sparkling eyes and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all who were privileged to know him, they said.
After his return to Oregon in 1991, he volunteered for many community improvement efforts, including Strawberry Festival Site with his Kubota tractor and his time. He supported the National Guard Youth Challenge Program in Bend and was instrumental in many young peoples' lives giving guidance and encouragement.
He was a lifelong member of the Masons, a charter lifetime member of the Sweet Home Elks Chapter, and a lifetime member of the American Legion. He enjoyed spending time at the American Legion making new friends and recruiting new members. Dinner at the Legion always included his "girls."
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marva Dell Robinson, on Dec. 9, 2007.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Bergeron; son, Edward C. Bergeron and wife, Johanne Bourque, of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada; daughters, Jacqualyn Pendleton and Lynette Bergeron, of Lebanon; grandchildren, Olivia Orsborn and husband, Michael, Charles, Alex and Jasmine Bergeron, Anthony Payne and Carl Robinson; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, in Lebanon, Ore. To view a complete obituary, visit the Huston-Jost Funeral Home online at www.hustonjost.com.