November 26, 1922 - August 24, 2015


Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel at the Good Shepherd Community Chapel, Sauk Rapids for John D. Gergen, age 92, who passed away Monday at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the good Shepherd Chapel. Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate and burial will be at MN State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

John was born November 26, 1922 in Shickley, NE to John S and Shirley (Riddle) Gergen. After he graduated from high school, John did maintenance for 742 School District. He also managed Beumer and Happe Rental Properties. John served in the CCC and the US Navy during WWII.

John married Nettie Heer on November 10, 1948 in Clark SD, the couple farmed near Naples and Doland SD. After living in Texas, the couple settled in Central MN where they resided in St. Cloud, Waite Park, Sartell and Sauk Rapids. John and Nettie were members of Sacred Heart Parish in Sauk Rapids and celebrated 67 years of marriage last fall. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and going to the casino. John also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

John is survived by his wife, Nettie of Sauk Rapids; son, John W (Diane) Gergen of St. Cloud; daughter, Shirley (Gary) Carton of Spearfish, SD; grandchildren, Travis (Brenda) Gergen of St. Cloud, Teri (Dan) Coor of Rapid City, SD; and great grandchildren, Ashton, Aaron, Addyson, Archer and Abram Gergen of St. Cloud.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John S and Shirley; stepfather, Russel Martin; brother, Robert; and sisters, Evelyn, Jean and Bonnie Lou.

A special thanks to the caring staff at the St. Cloud and VA Hospitals.

Memorials are preferred to lieu of flowers.