Joel Ned Bergan, 68, of Badger, S.D., died Mon., Aug. 2, 2021, at his home after a short illness.
Joel Ned Bergan was born Aug. 8, 1952, to Elmer and Marian (Garrey) Bergan along with his twin sister, Jean, in Lake Preston, S.D. Joel attended Baker #3 and Lake Preston High School.
In January of 1970, Joel enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in January of 1973. He home ported in the Philippians where he met his first wife and step-son, Mike. From this union came two children, Maria and Jerrod.
In September of 2006 Joel married Paula Marquardt in Badger, S.D. He gained two stepsons, JP Hanson and Ethan Fonder. They lived their entire married life on the farm south of Badger.
For nearly 25 years, Joel drove 3 million miles, and several safety awards later, the road has come to an end. Six weeks from being diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the spine, Joel has gone to be with our Lord and Savior.
He is survived by his wife, Paula; step-son, Mike Mullinix; daughter, Maria (Jay) Groos, Burgin Bodee and Maebe; son, Jerrod (Taylor) Bergan and Rilee; step-son, JP (Sara) Hanson; step-son, Ethan (Shelby) Fonder, Brooklyn and Layne; siblings, Rachel (David) Sona, Jean Tomlin and Bob (Janel) Bergan.
Joel was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Nancy; grandparents and three brothers-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in memory of Joel Bergan to the Orphan Grain Train, PO Box 1466, Norfolk, NE 68702
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 7, 2021, at the Badger Lutheran Church in Badger, S.D., with Pastor Brian Ricki officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 6, 2021, at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington and preceding services in the church.