Bob Bergeron, former Newport resident of 18 years, passed away from Alzheimer’s on March 31 at the VA Community Living Center in Vancouver. A U.S. Navy officer who served nearly three years in Vietnam aboard the U.S.S. Ranger, the VA attributed his illness to chemical exposure in service. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, and the family will schedule a celebration of life in June.
Born in Spokane in 1944 to Ray and Mary Bergeron, Bob was the fifth of six children and soon moved to Gresham. He graduated from Central Catholic High in 1962 and University of Oregon in 1966. Tonya Stacy met Bob in San Francisco in 1968, and they corresponded during Bob’s final tour in Vietnam. Upon discharge Bob proposed, and the two married in Gresham on Nov. 21, 1969. They raised Andy (1970), Bill (1973), and Joe (1976).
Bob began his retail career in Gresham in 1969 with his father and brothers, Jim and Ron. The partnership with Jim continued for years, eventually leading to Sunriver in 1991. Bob and Tonya left the business in 1996 and moved to Newport, where they both continued working, Bob at Agate Beach Golf Course until retirement in 2010. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, Bob moved with Tonya to Portland, where he spent valuable time with family and friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ron, and son Andy, whose death in 1993 Bob would always recall with tears. Survivors include wife Tonya; son Bill (Melanie Gipp), grandchildren Elise and Claire; son Joe; and siblings Les (Barbara) Bergeron, Rae (Joe) Gardner, Sue Henningsen, and Jim (Phyllis) Bergeron.
Memorial donations may be made to SnowCap Community Charities (www.snowcap.org), Samaritan House (www.samfamshelter.org), and Alzheimer’s Association Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter (www.alz.org/orswwa).