Eugene “Gene” Roy Bergen, age 87, of Henderson, died Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Henderson.
He was born on Sept. 23, 1931 in rural Hamilton County to Henry and Anna (Penner) Bergen. He was a graduate of Henderson High School and a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church. Two miles and exactly one month apart, he and Lula “Lu” Pankratz were born. Gene and Lu were united in marriage on June 26, 1952, at Henderson.
Gene was a lifelong farmer and cattle feeder. In 1970 he took his dream job with the York County Extension Office as the 4-H Youth Activities Director. During his 27 years in this role, he sponsored numerous leadership trips to Washington, D.C. and 4-H camps, which was a highlight for him. He served two terms as York County Commissioner, served on the York County Fair Board for more than 50 years, served as President of the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers, and was involved in numerous Aksarben and local and state 4-H events over the years. Gene loved raising and showing horses and judged horse shows for decades. He also enjoyed hunting and being a hunter safety instructor.
Gene is survived by his wife, Lula of Henderson; son, Greg (Karen) Bergen of York and their family which includes: granddaughter, Stacy (Jason) Bingham of Eagle and their children, Alex, Sophie and Bella; granddaughter, Kristy (Nick) Pieper of York and their children, Carsen and Owen; grandson, Spencer (Kathryn) Bergen of Lincoln; granddaughter, Laura Bergen (Josh Stephens) of Lincoln and granddaughter, Catie Bergen of Lincoln; son, Gary “Jim” (Melanie) Bergen of Henderson and granddaughter, Emily Bergen of Lincoln; son, Matthew (Jessica) Bergen of Fort Collins, Colo. and their family which includes: grandson Delley (Gina) Bergen of North Platte, NE, grandson, Lane Bergen of Fort Collins, Colo., granddaughter, Dakota Bergen of Lincoln and granddaughter, Olivia Bergen of Wray, Colo. and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark; two step-mothers; two sisters; three brothers; several sisters and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Bethesda Mennonite Cemetery. Memorial Service will follow burial at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethesda Mennonite Church with Pastor Seth Miller and Pastor Andrea Wall officiating. Visitation will be held from 3-9 p.m. on Monday, with family greeting friends that evening from 6-8 p.m., all at the mortuary in Henderson. Memorials may be directed to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and the York County Ag Society.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.metzmortuary.com. Metz Mortuary, Henderson is handling arrangements.