Edward Richard Bergman, 77, of Stevens Point, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.
He was born March 8, 1941, in Reedsburg to Edward and Elsbeth Bergman. Ed was one of five children and told great stories of his days growing up on the family farm in Loganville as the “baby” of the family. He returned to Loganville often to deer hunt with his sons and brother, Evan.
After graduating from Webb High School in Reedsburg in 1959, Ed enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served his country from January 1960 until November 1962, spending much of that time in France before being honorably discharged. He was looking forward to an upcoming Honor Flight in May of this year.
Ed married Carolyn Steinke on Sept. 26, 1964. Ed worked as a carpenter and credit manager until the mid 1970s when he started his own business as a home builder. He was well known for building quality homes. Ed was committed to local home building as a charter member of the Golden Sands Home Builders Association, serving as its president in 1993-94. He received the GSHBA Builder of the Year award in 1994. Ed also held a real estate broker’s license. After building hundreds of homes in the Stevens Point area, Ed retired in 2005 but continued to work part time designing homes for his son Kurt.
Ed spent his free time in retirement travelling with Carolyn to casinos near and far, and also to several countries including France where he visited his son Brian. Ed and Carolyn especially enjoyed taking bus trips throughout the United States with their friends.
Above all, Ed loved his family. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn; and his children, Kurt (Stacy), Stevens Point, and Brian (Sarah), Greenville, South Carolina. He was the proud grandpa of four very, very special grandchildren Brooke (Matt Lapour), Jeremy, Madalyn and Katelyn. He is also survived by his siblings, Laverne (Donna) Bergman, Reedsburg, Syvilla (Bill) Smith, Indianola, Iowa, Bob (Janice) Bergman; and several nieces, nephews and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Evan.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 1919 Wyatt Ave., Stevens Point. Pastor Steve Hulke will officiate. Burial with full military honors will be in the Plover cemetery. Friends and family will gather from 2–5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Pisarski Community Funeral Home at 2911 Plover Road, Plover, also from 10 a.m. until the time of services Monday morning at the church. Pisarski Community Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family.
For online condolences please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
A Golden Sands Home Builders Scholarship will be established in Ed’s name to support construction education for local students.