Jon Borden Bergerud

Died March 17, 2018,Plymouth, Minnesota

College: Branford

Bergerud, Jon Borden Age 78, died at home in Plymouth MN on March 5, 2018. Jon was born on

March 23, 1939 in Jamestown North Dakota, the son of Helen B. and Morris Erickson. After his

father’s death and his mother’s remarriage, Jon became the adopted son of Red Owl President and

State Senator, Alf L. Bergerud and soon moved to the family home in Edina, MN. Jon graduated

from Blake School in 1957 where he received the Stricker Trophy for Debate and went on to Yale

University graduating in 1961. His work career spanned 3M, Sears, Mankato State University and

Merrill Publishing and he later served as a member of the Blake Alumni Board as well as the

Richard Wagner Society. Jon lived the intellectual’s life pursuing a deep passion for classical music,

literature and history. He took an interest in a panoply of subjects from movies and history to the

great novels and boxing. But his passion was always music. He began collecting and playing

recordings of the great symphonies of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries as early as fourth grade

and soon went on to opera. The beloved family cabin on the Namekagen River was his sanctuary

where he hosted canoe trips and lively debates on current affairs for his many friends. With his vast

knowledge and prodigious memory, Jon liked to entertain and amaze companions with little known

facts from history, such as scandals of our American forefathers or the peculiar habits of the Kings

and Queens of England. A caring and devoted brother and friend, Jon was known for his quick wit,

keen intelligence and kindness toward others. Jon was preceded in death by his parents, Helen

Borden Bergerud and Alf Leon Bergerud and is survived by his brothers: Alf L. Bergerud Jr (Lee)

and Arthur T Bergerud; sister, Mary Bergerud Perkins (Michael) & his nieces and nephew:

Samantha, Nicholas and Natalie Perkins. Funeral service, Friday March 23rd 1PM at Plymouth

Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, with a visitation one-hour prior. A family

burial will be held on Saturday, March 24th at 11 AM at Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred

to donor’s Edina Chapel 952-920-3996

Published on March 18, 2018

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