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Donald Bergeson

Don Bergeson, 79, of Pierre, died Friday, November 23, 2007, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Services will be held Thursday, November 29, at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre at 10:00 a.m. CT, with burial in Riverside Cemetery.

Donald was born on January 7, 1928, southwest of Hayes to Arthur and Mary (Olesen) Bergeson. He grew up in Hayes where he attended grade school. He then went to T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre where he graduated in 1947.

He was united in marriage to Gretha Floyd on September 2, 1950, at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre. To this union came five children; Diana, Bruce, Angela, Joanna and Donald.

Donald lived on the home place and engaged in farming and ranching until 1966 when he moved his family to Pierre and he did custom haying and then trucking cattle and grain. After retiring he worked for Beverly Healthcare and volunteered for several years at the Discovery Center. He was named RSVP Volunteer of the Year in 2001 for Discover Center and Reading Buddies.

He was a member of the Golden Kiwanis, RSVP, Four Corners Association, Four Corners Volunteer Fire Department and Hayes Grace Lutheran Church Council. Donald enjoyed fishing and hunting, Four Corners baseball and rodeo, playing gin, visiting and reminiscing with family and friends, spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren and he especially loved to watch Gunsmoke.

Donald is survived by his wife, Gretha, of Pierre; two sons, Bruce (Sandy) Bergeson of Philip and Donald (Becky) Bergeson of Pierre; three daughters, Diana (James) Dyer of Brandon, Angela (Michael) Determan of Tioga, ND, and Joanna (Robert) Gilkerson of Gettysburg; two brothers, Daniel (Janice) Bergeson of Ft. Pierre and Ronnie Bergeson; one sister, Ruth (Paul) Inman of Pierre; two aunts, Harriet Scott of Sioux Falls and Vera Rasmussen of Illinois; one uncle, Wayne (Wilma) Carr of Colorado; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Art.