Dr. Robert Warren Bergeson


Dr. Robert Warren Bergeson


Dr. Robert Bergeson
Dr. Robert Bergeson

Dr. Robert Warren Bergeson, 66, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 4, 2016, at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.

Bob was born to Jules (Bergie) and Gunhild (Goodie) on Nov. 3, 1949, in McCook, Neb. A lifelong love of the Nebraska Cornhuskers was born that day. Bob and his family moved to Billings in 1952, where he proudly attended Miles Avenue Elementary, Lewis and Clark Middle School, and Billings West High School.

Bob excelled at sports, playing baseball for the Billings Post 4 Royals under the watchful eye of the legendary Ed Bayne, as well as playing basketball for West High. After graduation, the pull of the University of Nebraska was too great, and he was off to Lincoln, where he played baseball for the Huskers for one season.

It was in Lincoln, during the fall of 1968, that Bob met the love of his life: Linda Rae. They were married on May 22, 1971, in Columbus, Neb. After graduation, Linda taught grade school and supported Bob until he finished dental school at the University of Nebraska in 1976.

From there, Bob and Linda moved to Governors Island, N.Y., just off the southern tip of Manhattan, where Dr. Bob worked for the Public Health Department as a dentist for the United States Coast Guard. He and Linda cherished their time in New York and made the very most of their short stay.

While in New York, Bob and Linda welcomed their two children to the world: Robert “Robb,” born in 1977; and Melinda “Mindy,” born in 1978.

Shortly after the birth of Mindy, Bob and Linda moved to Billings, where Bob set up his private dental practice that he would run until 2013. He was so proud to be a dentist; his love for his patients and staff was unmatched.

Bob was diagnosed with interstitial lung disease in late 2012. He had two lung transplants in April 2013. After several months of difficult recovery and rehabilitation (with Linda by his side during every step of the way), Bob came home to his friends and family in August of that year.

During the last few years, he taught us all the valuable lesson that “every day is bonus day.” He lived that motto with passion, and passed it along to everyone who had the great fortune of knowing him — including his four special grandkids who learned so much from their Grandpa Bobby.

Dr. Bob was a proud member of the Yellowstone Country Club, where he could be found on most Wednesdays and Fridays playing with the “Team America” crew. If not at the golf course, Grandpa Bobby was likely taking one of the grandkids out on “Adventure Day” or was at one of their many activities.

Bob was honored to serve as the Board President at the Yellowstone Country Club and the Ninth District Dental Society, as a member of the Breakfast Exchange Club and the Billings Mustang Boosters, and as a rules official for the United States Golf Association.

Bob was preceded in death by his mom and dad; Linda’s parents, Doug and Betty Rae; and his brother-in-law, Pete Rae. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda; his children, Robb (Heather) Bergeson and Mindy (Tim) Brocopp; as well as his four loving grandkids, Keegan and Tatum Brocopp, and Riley and Finley Bergeson. He is also survived by the best older sister a guy could have: Diane (Dan) Noennig, along with numerous nieces and nephews that he loved so much.

The family would like to thank the amazing medical teams at St. Vincent Healthcare and the University of Colorado Hospital for the great care they provided to Bob and his family — they gave him three great years. Specifically, we’d like to thank Dr. Bullman, Dr. Kahn, Dr. Terry and all the great nurses and staff at St. Vincent Healthcare, as well as the entire Transplant Team at UCH. Thank you.

Finally, it is important for us to thank his angels — the individuals who chose to donate their organs, and, ultimately, life to Bob. He was the proud recipient during two lung transplants, and he wouldn’t have enjoyed those last several years if it weren’t for the generosity of those individuals and their families.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101. A reception will follow at Bob’s favorite spot: Yellowstone Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dr. Bob’s name to Saint Vincent Healthcare Foundation, 1106 N. 30th St., Billings, MT 59101; or the American Transplant Foundation, 600 17th St., Suite 2515 S., Denver, CO 80202.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.michelottisawyers.com.

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  1. I sure will miss seeing Dr. Bob at the baseball games this summer. Bob sure enjoyed watching his grandkids play ball. I’ve known Bob since first grade…later we played on the Miles Ave. Redskins basketball team. Bob won many races at the city track meet in grade school…also high jump! Many of his friends walked with him to Lewis/Clark every day…lots of fun! Bob was a great dentist.

  2. I am saddened to hear of Dr Bob’s death. He was my dentist and friend from the time I moved here in 1977 until he retired. He was the only dentist my 3 boys knew until recently.

    Dr Bob was always so interested in what was going on in our lives and seemed to remember the little details, I am not sure how he understood what I was saying as most of the time my face was numb and my mouth full of dental stuff. He was the first dentist who made getting numbed up an okay experience. He made it painless.

    He also shared the very special and proud moments about his family. He was so very proud of all of you.

    He was one of those kind people you meet in life that you never forget. He left an impression on my entire family. We all considered him a friend and the kind of person we would want to be.

    We will miss him – a very memorable and wonderful person.

    Jan, Chris, Nick and Ryan Bechtold

  3. Sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He was always one of my favorite funny people. Long ago I sneaked out of work to play with “the dentists”. On the first tee Bob had us introduced as Dr. Fry, Dr. McCarthy, Dr. Bergeson and “plain person” Weber. Bob then promptly got a hole in one on hole # 8 and I quickly realized that I did not witness the shot because I wasn’t supposed to be there. The next day Bob was kind enough to have my name missing in the Gazette account of the feat saying that the shot was witnessed by Dr. Fry, Dr. McCarthy and an unidentified third party. I will miss our tiny old Legion baseball bat boy. Condolences to all.

  4. We met Bob and Linda about 10 years ago in Whitefish at the annual 4th of July Golf Tournament. They were there supporting and cheering on their son Robb, as they had done and would continue doing nearly every year following. You could feel their devotion to Robb, his wonderful family and close band of friends from all over the country. Last year was especially memorable because Bob summoned the strength to make it out to Whitefish for what we feel was his farewell tour to see all of us and to say goodbye. Goodbye to us and to the tournament he so loved being a part of together with Robb. It was such a beautiful and courageous thing for both Bob and Linda to do. We so loved seeing them.

    We feel blessed to know the Bergeson family and we send our deepest sympathies and hugs to all of them.

    Marty, Mary Jo, Lauren & Cory Mehl

  5. Susan B. Lovely

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was one of the first Cornhusker fans I met when we moved back to Montana from Nebraska. My deepest condolences to his family.
    Susan B. Lovely

  6. Randy Whitaker

    I never knew him as Dr. Bob… I just knew him as Bobby since we grew up together playing sports & going to school You were a great guy back then & I can’t wait to catch up in heaven with you!!!

  7. Linda and Bob Nemer

    What a great tribute to a life well led, the love you shared together and an awesome family. May you be comforted by wonderful memories

  8. Dave & Wynn Ford

    Linda,Robb,Mindy and families, We are sorry to hear of your loss of Bob. He fought a hard battle, as you all did with him. He will live on in your hearts forever along with your memories. “every day is a bonus day “. Our prayers are with you all. Dave and Wynn Ford and family

  9. We were Billings West High classmates and we will say that the short time we knew him he always had a smile for you, no matter who you were. We did not know him as a Dentist but it sounds like he made a profound impact in the lives he came in contact with. RIP Bob and may those who love you find peace in knowing that you were loved and respected by many.
    Our thoughts and prayers are sent to Bob;s family and many friends…
    Rick and Margi Popp

  10. Ron Nierstheimer

    Linda and family: I am sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I would like to extend to all my deepest condolences. Great man, greater person.

  11. My deepest condolences to the Bergeson Family. I always admired Bob for being a great Husband, Father & Grandpa. Few in this world have given the Total Absolute Unconditional Love that Bob gave to you. A truly Great Man who will be missed by many of us.

  12. Dr bob was our dentist for years and he was awesome. He was so kind and caring. My family and I are so sorry to hear of his passing. We will never forget him and will keep you in our prayers. And he is totally correct – every day is a bonus day.

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