Dennis Lee Bergstrom was born in Waterloo, Iowa on November 6, 1943 and
left this world on October 18, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father,
Don Bergstrom and brother, David Bergstrom. He is survived by: his much
loved mother, Ruth Brown; his son and best friend, Thad Bergstrom; special
friend, Susie Brown; and his companion dog, Daisy.
Dennis graduated from Cedar Falls High School and went to college at Iowa
State University. He was a veteran who served his country as part of the
Army National Guard. Dennis enjoyed his work as a teacher in Tulsa Public
Schools where he taught both at Rogers High School in a shop/tech capacity
and also Robertson Elementary in a special education class. After retirement,
he was often greeted in public by former students who would share their
success stories with "Mr. B" and credit his help and guidance
in school for their results.
Dennis was someone who loved traveling and experiencing new adventures.
Most recently, he and Thad explored China on his "trip of a lifetime."
Dennis enjoyed the sport of racing, both in his younger days when he was
part of an Indy car racing team and later in life as a spectator. He found
solace in nature and made frequent camping trips to various state parks
with his beloved rescue dog, Roper. His gentle and giving nature was apparent
by his openness to "adopt" those in need, from the student who
needed guidance and acceptance to the friend who needed a kind word. His
selfless role as a surrogate father/grandfather to eight year old Caden
will live forever in the hearts of those who were witness to it. Dennis
must be pleased to know that his legacy of friendship, love, and his outrageously
funny sense of humor have left the world a better place for so many!
A celebration of Dennis's life is scheduled at the First Presbyterian
Church in Sapulpa, 111 S. Oak Street on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at
2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to the
American Cancer Society; the Okmulgee Humane Society; or another charity
of your choice.