Kenneth R. Bergren
Kenneth R. Bergren, 94, of Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Williamsport, passed away peacefully May 4, 2021. He was born Dec. 19, 1926, the son of Carl Gustav Bergren and Esther Larson Bergren, both of whom predeceased him. He married the love of his life on March 17, 1956, the former Audre LaForme. Audre survives at home.
Ken grew up in South Williamsport and graduated from South Williamsport High School in 1944. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in 1947. After the Army, he enrolled at the former Dickenson Junior College (currently Lycoming College) for 2 years before transferring to Augusta College, in Rock Island, Ill. He graduated in 1952 with a degree in business administration.
E. Keeler Company is where Ken started his business career, and where he met Audre. In 1953, he joined his father and business partner in their repair business, Bergren and Baier. They sold Chris Craft and Trojan boats and Diamond T trucks, and eventually started selling International Harvester Cub Cadets, farm and industrial equipment and other brands of lawn and garden equipment. The business name was changed to Ken Bergren, Inc. in 1968 and moved from South Williamsport to Williamsport in 1977. The business continues today under the ownership of Ken’s sons, Mark and Phil.
Ken loved boating and flying. While living in Linden, next to the Susquehanna River, he owned many different types of boats. He studied for and received his private pilot license and would go flying whenever he had time. More than anything, he loved being with his family and enjoyed the Florida sunshine. He was exceptional and inspirational to everyone who knew him.
Surviving Ken, besides his wife, Audre, are his 3 children, Mark (Karen) of Williamsport, Beth Robbins (Mark) of State College and Phillip (Carla) of Williamsport. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Kristofer Bergren of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., Jessica Rodabaugh of Pittsburgh, Eric Rodabaugh of Washington, D.C. and Andrew Rodabaugh of Pittsburgh.
Following his wishes internment will be in Florida National Cemetery for veterans.