Fred Bergstrand – Amery Free Press (press release) (registration) (blog)
As the sun rose each day so did Fred, the WWII Navy Veteran, Farmer, Hunter, and Fishermen never missed an early sunrise. On April 25 2017, while probably dreaming of his last dance he passed away peacefully in his sleep. Resting now at the age of 92, Fred was survived by his wife Ardis, his son Roger (Wendy) Bergstrand and granddaughter Kisa, daughter Karen (Daniel) Clark, grandchildren; Adam, Cheyenne (Lucas), Wynter (Andrew), Josephine, Gabrielle, Jedidiah, Ella, Jera, and great-granddaughter Everly, sister Helen Tengs, brother Jay (Joyce) Bergstrand and his beloved dog Shep.
Fred was a great father to his two children, father figure to his step children and was a wonderful mentor to many. Fred was a humanitarian and loved volunteering his kindness and humor. He served his country very well in the Civilian Conservation Corps and enlisted in the Navy as gunner during WWII. After the war, he was an active member with the American Legion in Balsam Lake. Fred had a great love of farming and agriculture and bought his first of two farms when he returned to Polk County, he also worked for the Amery Farmer’s Union Co-op. Other than serving his family and country Fred also served as a University of Wisconsin security guard in Madison and remembered being on watch during the Sterling Hall bombing in 1970.
Many locals remember him as Firewood Fred, a fantastic woodsman. When Fred was in his twenties, he hitchhiked across the country, upon returning to Northern Wisconsin mid winter in the middle of the night he took shelter in a cold schoolhouse. Fred took that warmth as a blessing and throughout his life he never turned down firewood he had to those in need.
Family and friends are welcome to join us at the memorial of his life and service to be held on Sunday, May 21, from 2-4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park Band Shell, 20 East Stout Street in Rice Lake.
Funeral and burial services on Monday, May 22nd at 2 p.m. at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, N4063 Veterans Way, Spooner, WI 54801.