Though our hearts are heavy, we find strength in celebrating the faith and life shared with Ron. Ronald Alan Bergen passed away at University of Alberta Hospital on the evening of Sunday, March 14, 2021, at the age of 57 years.
For the second time, Ron fought a short, but fearless battle against cancer which he faced with courage and determination, never complaining. He was a treasure to all who knew him. Ron died with dignity and grace, with his wife at his side in accordance with God’s will and at the call of the Lord. He was a loving, caring and compassionate husband and friend. With strong appreciation of nature, Ron’s greatest joy was the time spent with his “Peanut”, Gwen. Together, they enjoyed many happy times fishing, hiking, and adventures on the open road on his motorbike. He had a remarkable skill as a welder, not to be outdone by his expertise as a journeyman chef. Ron held a special place in his heart for all animals but especially for his dogs; Ozzy, Bruiser, Prince, Casper and Bear.
He leaves to mourn his wife of 38 years, Gwen; his mother, Helen Bergen (Kroeker); father, Ronald Lovett; mother-in-law, Mary Wenzel and stepfather-in-law, Ray Donald. He will be missed by siblings, Kelly (Kathy) Kroeker, Terry (Christa) Bergen and Roxanne (Kevin) Milne; brother-in-law, Rick Wenzel and sisters-in-law, Lorraine (David) Grover and Lynn (Bart) Findlay as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is predeceased by his grandma and grandpa Bergen; grandparents, Bernice and Jacob Kroeker; brother, Kevin Bergen and father-in-law, Mel Wenzel.
The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Mathrani, Dr.Giddey and Dr. Murphy, and the wonderful staff at the Shale Medical Clinic and the Drayton Valley Hospital for their compassionate care. Many thanks to the entire team at Cross Cancer Institute and the University of Alberta Hospital for their gentle, thoughtful, and considerate care.
Thank you to friends Gerry Ramsey, Shannon Campell, Brian Ward, Mary and Dave de Jong, Dianna Walker, Melita Clark, Blaine Flaht, Sandy Kyle, and Audrey Greib for their love and support throughout our journey. Special thanks for the many prayers from the faith community, and Dwayne Henley, Joelle Valliere and Colleen Sekura at Affinity Funeral Service.
If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made directly to the Drayton Valley Health Foundation, 4550 Madsen Avenue, Drayton Valley, Alberta T7A 1N8 in support of the Cancer Centre or Dialysis Unit at Drayton Valley Hospital and Care Centre.
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