David Lee Bergendahl, age 68, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Monday, December 5, 2016, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. Visitation is from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 5:30 PM.
David Lee Bergendahl was born December 26, 1947 in Mora, Minnesota, to Herbert and Margaret (Haywood) Bergendahl. He graduated from Westbrook High School and Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On September 27, 1969, he married Sharon Lee Nelson in Storden, Minnesota, and were blessed with two daughters and one son. Dave worked as a court reporter for thirty years in Iowa, Minnesota, and lastly South Dakota.
Dave was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Antique Auto Association. He was a past president of the South Dakota Shorthand Reporters Association and a past officer of the Yankton Elks Lodge. Dave was a hard worker who had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed restoring his Model T's, visiting with friends and drives to the lake and to Dairy Queen with his dog Jake. He loved kids and especially loved spending time with his nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Sherri Bergendahl of Yankton; three children: Hilary Bergendahl and her fiancé Brent Schrempp of Yankton; Molly Bergendahl and her fiancé Jason Johnson of Yankton; and Michael (Kay) Bergendahl of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; four grandchildren: Parker, Brayden, Brooklyn and Beckett; two sisters: Connie Ward and Janet Hartberg; sister-in-law, Bonnie Bergendahl; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lyle Bergendahl; nephew, Andrew Hartberg; and brother-in-law, Glen Ward.
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Dear family of Bergy: I too was a court reporter for 3O+ years and last worked in the First Judicial Circuit which encompasses Mitchell to Elk Point to include Yankton. Dave was the go-to guy for professional advice and always so sincere and polite. Although I never met his family personally, he spoke of you often and always with a smile. Dave was a gentleman and just a very kind person. My sincerest condolences to all of you. God bless you!
We were shocked and saddened when we say the newspaper. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. We looked forward to golfing with him each summer @ Lakeview for Thursday league.
Duane Schieffer (Team FISO)
Life just isn't fair sometimes but we have to trust that GOD knows best. HE took you from us way to soon. 25 years ago you stepped into our Rider truck and asked if we could use a hand moving into the house next door to you. Little did we know that our friendship would grow into being extended family. The times that we have spent with you and Sherri will remain as treasured memories in our heart. I just wish there was more time to create more. So many things left to do. So many more vacations to take together. We will certainly miss our date nights, your fired walleye and most of all your wonderful sense of humor. Rest in peace Dave we love you.
James and Joan Steckelberg
I was very sad to hear of David's passing. I am sure you know how much I thought of David, as he was one of my favorite people. Nothing negative could ever be said of David and he was liked by everyone who knew him. My condolences to Cheri and family.
So sorry to hear about Dave. Such a great guy and gone too soon.
Jane York & family
Sherri and family. Our class of Westbrook 1965 has just heard the news of David's passing. I am so very sorry to hear this. He was such a great guy and a great classmate. I have posted his obituary on our class Facebook page. Please accept myself and our classes deepest sympathies.
Barb (Wipperman) Erickson
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