Donavon E. Berggren, 69

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Donavon E. Berggren, 69
    
    Thief River Falls
– Donavon Berggren, 69, of Thief River Falls died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at his residence.
    Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, with military honors by the Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 2793, American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Post 117, and Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard.  Lunch will follow at the Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 2793.
    Donavon Edward Berggren was born April 9, 1947 the son of Edwin and Thelma (Skretvedt) Berggren in Thief River Falls. He was baptized and confirmed at Silverton Lutheran Church, rural Thief River Falls. He attended schools in Thief River Falls and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1965.  
    Donavon entered into service with the United States Army on May 19, 1966. He served in Vietnam during the Vietnam Conflict and was wounded while serving his country.  Donavon was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Marksman (rifle), Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Purple Heart. He was Honorably Discharged on May 17, 1968.  
    In the summer of 1968, Donavon was united in marriage to Julie Bredeson at Silverton Lutheran Church.  The couple made their home in Thief River Falls and to this union one daughter was born, Leslie, in March of 1969.
    Donavon worked in construction most of his life in Minnesota and Alaska with his brothers, Larry, Dale and Rance. He also held management positions in the same profession. He worked for Glass Sales and most recently worked at Walmart until retiring in 2008. At this time, Donavon became caregiver for his father, Ed.
    Donavon was an exemplary guitarist and played with several local bands for most of his life. He and his Dad’s team won a Thief River Falls City curling championship when Donavon was young.  He loved to watch sports and hunt with his Dad. He spent lots of time fishing at Lake Of The Woods with his brothers, Larry and Dale, brother-in-law, Durlyn Rux and his nephew, Chris Rux.  Donavon’s dear friend Wayne Kruse accompanied him on many fishing and hunting trips and they made many fun memories together over the years.
    Donavon always had a way to make people laugh and was the life of the party.  He would sing at the parties and gatherings, and would help anybody. He loved old rock and roll and country music, back in the day, Donavon had a band called Shades Of Blue. His favorite artists who influenced his playing were Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Donavon played at numerous functions in the area throughout the years.
    Donavon is Past Commander and life member of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 2793. He is a member of the American Legion Post and also served in the VFW Color Guard.
    Survivors include his daughter, Leslie Dawn (Rob) Nesteby of Mora; grandchildren, David, Brady, and Brooke Winrow; great-grandchildren, Jaelynne, Brantley, and Kaylee; step-son, Timothy Ervin Culp of Belle Plain, and his children, Faren and Alexis; father, Ed Berggren of Thief River Falls; siblings, Larry Berggren of Hungry Horse, MT, Karen (Ken Jones) Berggren of Ft. Collins, CO, Diane (Isaac) Mack of Alexandria, Dale (Linda Arnold) Berggren of Thief River Falls, Linda (Durlyn) Rux of Thief River Falls, Rance (Deb) Berggren of Fairbanks, AK, Debra (Ron) Johnson of Grand Rapids; special friend, Elaine Kruse; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
    He is preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Berggren; grandparents; many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and his best friend and bandmate, Eddie Larson.
    Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
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