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Rudolph W. “Rudy” Bergstrom, 83 of Ione died Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Heppner. A memorial service with military honors will be held Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Valby Lutheran Church with potluck to follow. Private inurnment will take place at the Gooseberry Cemetery.
He was born March 12, 1935 at Portland, Oregon the son of Eric W. “Bill” and Anna K. Peterson Bergstrom. He attended school in Portland for four years, the family then moved to Ione where he graduated from high school in 1953. He then attended Oregon State University in Corvallis for a time before entering the military. Rudy served with the United States Army and following his honorable discharge returned to the family ranch at Gooseberry near Ione.
On March 2, 1974 he married Jacqueline “Jackie” Lewis at Ione, Oregon. The couple made their home at the family ranch at Gooseberry. Jackie preceded him in death in 2015.
Rudy was a very active member of the Heppner B.P.O.E. Lodge # 358, and had served as a past exalted ruler. He was also a member of the Oregon Wheat League and received the honor of conservation man of the year in 1968.
He is survived by his daughter, Erika Bergstrom of Sherwood, Oregon, stepson’s, Michael Conklin of Cheney, Washington and David Kempas of Prineville, Oregon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heppner Elks Foundation, PO Box 494, Heppner, Oregon.