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Gordon Von Bergen, 74, Wonder Lake

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Gordon Von Bergen, 74, Wonder Lake, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, of natural causes, while hunting in Eau Claire, Wis.

He was born Jan. 7, 1941, to Bernard and Esther (Sass) Von Bergen in Evanston. 

On Aug. 5, 1967, he married Patricia VanderKarr in Woodstock.

He was a graduate of Arlington Heights High School. He farmed during his high school years in Elk Grove Village then farmed full time in Hebron until being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965. He served in the Army from 1965 to 1967 in the adjutant general office at Ft. Sheridan. He attained the rank of specialist E-5. He loved and was proud of serving his country. 

He worked as a real estate broker for many years at Berkshire Hathaway, formerly Town Square Realty.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Woodstock, where he was active as a church trustee. He also was a member of the McHenry County Farm Bureau, Woodstock Moose Lodge and the National Rifle Assoc. 

Survivors include his wife; a son, Brian (Erin) Von Bergen; two daughters, Christine (Steve) Tarnoki and Suzanne (David) Tonyan; five grandchildren, Gunnar Von Bergen, Mitchell and Kiefer Tarnoki, and Henry and Ella Tonyan; two brothers, Mel (Bobette) Von Bergen, and Glen (Nancy) Von Bergen; three sisters, Esther (Jim) Goebbert, Lois (Wes) Plote and Ruth Mecklenburg; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Virginia.

Visitation was Nov. 27 at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock, and before the funeral Nov. 28 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery with military honors provided by Woodstock VFW Post 5040.

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, St. John’s Church Memorial Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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