Melvyn Bergeson

May 30, 1926-Dec.16, 2017

Melvyn Lloyd Bergeson,

91, Minot and formerly of

Makoti, died on Saturday,

December 16, 2017 in his


Melvyn was born on

May 30, 1926 on the

Bergeson homestead, rur-

al Makoti, ND to Peter and

Carrie (Olson) Bergeson.

He was raised on the fam-

ily farm in Orlien Town-

ship of Ward County and

attended Makoti School.

Melvyn helped on the

farm at an early age,

hauled bundles for

brother-in-law’s and

neighbor’s threshing rig;

and did odd jobs around

the area. He started farm-

ing in 1943, and made

enough to buy two quar-

ters of land.

Melvyn went to serve

his country February 1945

ending up in the Philip-

pines and Alaska in the

Army and eventually Air

Force, was honorably

discharged in 1948 and

returned home. He re-

turned to Alaska where he

worked at a sawmill, and

returned to ND where he

worked for area farmers,

contractors, and other odd

jobs. He also attended a

trade school in Chicago.

Melvyn married Lucile

Pank on July 1, 1953 in

Minot. He worked on

Garrison Dam that fall;

they then moved to Odes-

sa, WA, before returning

to ND to farm and raise

cattle. Melvyn was em-

ployed by the Ward Coun-

ty Highway Department

for 30 years until he re-

tired in 1992. They

moved to Minot in 2010.

Lucile died on February

18, 2017.

Melvyn was a member

of the Hope Lutheran

Church, American Legion

and Threshers Associa-

tion, all Makoti. In retire-

ment, he especially en-

joyed woodworking, rock

collecting, yard work,

fishing and gardening;

and later word search and

jigsaw puzzles, and play-

ing and exploring on the

computer. One of his

highlights was going on

Roughrider Honor Flight

to Washington, DC in


Melvyn’s loving family

includes his children:

Kenneth Bergeson (Marta

Nelson) of Gillette WY,

Debby (Jerry) Michels of

Minot, Linda (Danny)

Dyke of Plaza, Lonnie

(Angie) Bergeson of Plaza,

Carol (Terry) Hagan of

Fargo and Beth (Arlen)

Patterson of Norwich;

thirteen grandchildren;

seven great grandchildren

and several nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Melvyn was preceded

in death by his parents,

wife, children: Monte and

Anita and siblings: Gladys

Peterson, Marion Ander-

son, Mildred Peterson,

Lyle Bergeson, Leonard


Celebration of the Life

of Melvyn Bergeson:

Later in the summer of



Thursday, December 28,

2017, 4-7 pm

Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories and

condolences are invited to

use the expressions of

sympathy section at