Robert Benton (Bob) Bergstrom Sr.
Robert Benton Bergstrom Sr. (Bob) died Sunday evening, Jan. 21, 2018, in Sulphur, La.
Bob was born March 9, 1927, in Lake Arthur, La. Bob lived in Carlyss, La., with his mother, Ester, and sisters, Martha Jane and Suna Lisa. He graduated from Sulphur High before joining the U.S. Army in 1944. When World War II ended, Bob returned home and met Marilyn Houser of Lake Charles, La. They were married June 30, 1947, and raised four children.
Bob worked at Cities Service as an operating engineer for 17 years, and in the early '60s was elected business agent for Local 407. In 1965, he was selected to be a federal mediator and was transferred to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bob taught labor relations classes at the University of Iowa.
Bob built and remodeled his homes, and he was an accomplished craftsman who made detailed wooden ship models from scratch. An avid reader, he collected an impressive home library. Bob's love of family and history fueled a passion for genealogy and the discovery of his half brother and sister, Glen and Gwen Elkins.
In 1994, Bob and Marilyn returned to Louisiana. They lived in Lake Charles until Hurricane Rita destroyed their home in 2005. After Rita, they moved to St. Augustine, Fla., to join their son and his family. Following a long illness, Marilyn passed in 2009.
Bob returned home to Sulphur, La., in October 2017, residing at Stonebridge Place Assisted Living, where he was recently selected "King of the Mardi Gras."
Bob is survived by three daughters, Patricia Bergstrom, Carol Webb and Kathryn Bergstrom; son, Robert (Deb) Bergstrom Jr.; four grandchildren, Amy (Bob), Sarah (Matt), Eric (Cassidy) and Michael (Kacey); and great-grandchildren, Ella, Tristan, Jonathon and Sidonia.
There will be a visitation at the Johnson and Robison Funeral Home in Sulphur, La., on Friday, Jan. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. Internment will be at a later date in St. Augustine, Fla. In lieu of flowers, Bob had a special place in his heart for the Arc of the St. Johns in St. Augustine, and Milestones Adult Day Health Center in Cedar Rapids.