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James Bergen

James Bergen

June 13, 1953-March 31, 2014

James A. Bergen, 60, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, March 31, 2014 at Sanford Health in Fargo.

The mass of Christian burial will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 7 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy McGee officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

Friends may call between 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at David-Donehower Funeral Home. The Knights of Columbus will pray the Rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Holy Rosary Parish Vigil at 7 p.m., all in the funeral Home. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the mass at the church on Monday.

James A. Bergen was born to LeRoy and Martha (Tembrock) Bergen on June 13, 1953 in Detroit Lakes. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1971, and then took horticulture classes, at both St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Jim was united in marriage to Deborah Bellefeuille in 1977 in Detroit Lakes. They lived in St. Cloud, where he worked for Bergen's Greenhouse. Their daughter Heather was born in 1980.

Following the closing of the greenhouse, Jim sold insurance for Bankers Life & Casualty until moving back to Detroit Lakes in 1998.

Among the happiest times in Jim's life was the birth of his grandchildren, and he treasured spending time with them. He also enjoyed playing guitar, drums and the piano. He loved skiing, camping, fishing, NASCAR, playing cribbage, crossword puzzles and horses. He was also known for being a history buff.

Survivors include his daughter, Heather (Brian) Albrecht of Minneapolis; his grandchildren, Eve and Rohan; his mother, Martha Bergen of Detroit Lakes; six brothers and four sisters, Robert (Cookie) of Detroit Lakes, Ray "Butch" (Akama) of Woodstock, N.Y., Karen (Bob) Velline of Cold Spring, Joanne Lane of St. Cloud, Rick (Sue) of Maple Grove, Mike (Patty) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Patty (Mitch) Vogt of Detroit Lakes, Mary (Marty) Solmon of Detroit Lakes, Steve of Detroit Lakes and Joe (Kelli) of Cold Spring.

He was preceded in death by his father; a sister, Monica; a brother, Ronald; a brother-in-law, Don Lane; and two nephews: Gabriel Solmon and Steven Selevan.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home ( is serving the family.