July 7, 1949 – Sept. 1, 2016
Gregory Bergstrom, beloved son, brother, husband, father and true friend to many, made his transition Home, Sept. 1st, 2016, in Klamath Falls, Oregon, surrounded by his family. He is surely missed.Greg was born in Los Angeles, Calif, July 17th, 1949, and spent his early childhood and teen years in Bakersfield, graduating from Leland High School in Almaden, Calif. Hired as a laborer for a construction crew, he soon joined the Carpenter’s Union, as an apprentice, then moved with the crew to South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Honing his skills, with a proven talent, he soon became a Journeyman Carpenter after completing 4 years ofclasses. It wasn’t long before Greg was running his own General Contracting business,Western Mountain Construction Co., building 100’s of beautiful custom homes throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin, Truckee,Calif., and the Carson Valley, in Nevada. Greg was a top-notch builder, with a highly respected business reputation in his community. He was generous with his time and money to support kids sports teams. Greg “had a knack” for repairing, rebuilding or replacing almost anything. He “had a plan”.
Greg met Teri Lindsay, in South Lake Tahoe,CA, and they married in 1975. Together they raised a family of 3 sons: Keith,David and Andrew. He provided a wonderful and abundant lifestyle for his family. Truly a great father and husband, he was thoughtful, caring and protective. Greg retired to Klamath Falls, Oregon, to be closer to his family, older brother Richard, and his wife Carol, and to tend to the care of his very elderly father, John M. Bergstrom. Greg’s mother, Norma, and older brother Steve, precede him in death. Surviving family include brother John, and his wife Karen, and younger sister Chris Sassman, and husband Tom, along with many nephews and nieces.
Greg was a avid outdoorsman. He loved hook-and-line fishing and later learned to fly fish the many streams around Klamath Falls. He enjoyed the coast of the Pacific Ocean, from Laguna Beach, in southern Calif., to the wide open beaches in Bandon, Oregon. Downhill and X-country skiing were outside activities he enjoyed throughout his adult life. Other pastimes included golf, tennis, horseback riding, and exploring the trails of the high Sierra Nevada Mountains, with friends, on dirt bikes.He loved “just walking the dog”. Greg enjoyed maintaining a high level of fitness by working out at the gym. A true “cowboy at heart”, he liked country music, attended the Reno Pro Rodeo in June, and sponsored the local Truckee Rodeo, for many years. He was loyal to the Ford Motor Co., and always drove a Ford truck.
Greg is preceded in death by his mother, Norma; brothers, Steve; and oldest son Keith
He is survived by his father John M.; sons David and Andrew and his sister, Chris Sassman; and brothers, John and Richard.
Sincere in his kindness, Greg was sure to make himself available to lend a hand when needed. Reliable and totally dependable, everyone that knew him enjoyed to be in his company. He offered a word of encouragement when needed, had a hearty laugh, and a “heart- warming” smile that will always be remembered. He has inspired many to “live your life”. And we will.
Memorial to be announced at a later time.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Greg’s name to the Truckee Rodeo.