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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dale Duane Bergland

Dale Duane Bergland passed peacefully on December 20, 2017 at Highgate Senior Living in Bozeman. 

Dale was born on June 29, 1932 in Hettinger, N.D., the only child of Alice and Erland Bergland. He lived an idyllic childhood on the family farm, surrounded by a loving family in a place he referred to as “home” until his death. Dale was an accomplished horseman and outstanding athlete. He and his dad shared pride in their “Bergland Herefords” and also raised Shetland ponies, many were given to family members and friends who share fond memories of their first pony from the Bergland herd.

Dale married Sherry Schjeldahl on August 22, 1953. They recently celebrated 64 years of this beautiful union.

Dale attended Dickinson State College, Black Hills State and then graduated with a degree in Agriculture from North Dakota State in 1955. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and later supported the local MSU Chapter.

Dale took his first job with the Montana Extension Service as a county agent in Miles City. He also served as agent in Broadus and Glendive and was well-respected in his field. Dale shared his expertise of agriculture with hundreds of farmers and ranchers. He spent countless hours judging fairs in Eastern Montana, attending 4-H camp and teaching his own kids the “right” way to train horses and raise animals.

During the early years of Dale and Sherry’s marriage, daughters Penny, Kristi and son, Jerry were born. Dale’s family of five spent a year in Bozeman, living in a tiny “monopoly house” at MSU, where he completed his graduate degree in Animal Science in 1964. After returning to Dawson County, Dale became area supervisor until 1978 and then moved back to Bozeman, serving in the same capacity until his retirement in 1990.

Dale was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Elks Club, Sourdough Lion’s, M-Bar Investment Club, MSU and NDSU Alumni Associations and Valley View Golf Club. Dale was an unwavering fan of the Bobcats, except, of course, when they played the NDSU Bison.

Dale continually offered his help and support where needed. He volunteered at the hospital, delivered Meals on Wheels and served at the Bozeman Senior Center. Above all, he was a devoted family man. He was a constant figure at Belgrade events supporting his grandchildren, cheering them on in his quiet and humble way. He made many trips to Portland, Ore. to spend time with daughter Penny’s family and watch his grandsons play football. Dale shared his love of animals with his daughter Kristi and helped her raise five litters of Golden Retrievers. His favorite, Annie, was with him until the end.

Dale is preceded in death by his beloved son, Jerry, who died in 1976. 

He leaves behind his devoted wife, Sherry; daughters, Penny (Scott) Price of Portland and Kristi Bergland Ragar of Bozeman; his grandchildren, Taylor (Sara) and Connor Price of Portland, Ore. and Jeremy and Shaylee Ragar.

Memorial services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Bozeman on Thursday, December 28 at 2 p.m. 

Memorials may be sent to: the Montana 4-H Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association of Montana (alz.org) or charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com.

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