William H. Bergman, 85, of Yankton, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 at Kober Funeral Home in Vermillion with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Funeral service was held in Vermillion at the United Church of Christ-Congregational on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Steve Miller officiating.
Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion, with military rites conducted by Clay Post 3061 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Post 0001 of the American Legion.
Bill was born April 3, 1927 to Henry and Nellie S. (Weed) Bergman in Vermillion. He graduated from Vermillion High School, received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of South Dakota, and his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado.
In 1969 he married Harriett (Hanson) Schramm, formerly of Winner. She passed away in 1995. In 1997 he married Mary Ann (McQuaid) Goetz and they were at home at Lewis and Clark Lake, Yankton.
Dr. Bergman retired as director and professor of the Health Services Administration program at USD in 1990 after 27 years of service to USD and the state of South Dakota. While at USD he also served 20 years as associate director of the Business Research Bureau and Professor of Business Statistics. Concurrently he founded and was the first director of the State Data Center, was the first executive director of the South Dakota Advisory Council on Vocational-Technical Education, and was the director of the Vocational-Technical Research Coordinating Unit.
Prior to joining USD, for 10 years he was employed as service engineer in the Diesel-Electric Locomotive Division of Fairbanks, Morse & Co. and for several years was an industrial division area manager in the machine tool industry with the Mobil Oil Co.
He enjoyed sports, including golf, hunting, boating, and baseball, and was a running back in football for Vermillion High School. He grew up in the shadow of Inman Stadium in Vermillion and was a life-long USD Coyote supporter.
He grew up in and was a member of the United Church of Christ-Congregational where he served as Sunday School superintendent and chairman of the board of trustees. He was one of the founders and served 23 years on the board of directors of the Clay County Park Association. He also served on the boards of Dakota Hospital and Southeast Dakota Nursing Home and the Vermillion Development Co. He was licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a charter boat captain and was a past flotilla commander for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
He was a member of Clay Post 3061 of the V.F.W. and American Legion Post 0001 of Vermillion. He was proud of having served 11 years as a member of the Vermillion Volunteer Fire Dept.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; step-sons, James Schramm of Winner, Tom Goetz of Kearney, NE, John Goetz of Hartington, NE; step-daughters, Nancy Giessinger of Huron, Mary Kay Kollars of Sioux City, IA, and Cindy Quitsch of South Carolina; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; He is also survived by four beloved cousins who reside in California, and his brother, Robert E. Bergman and family of Warner Robins, GA.
Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be posted online to www.koberfuneralhome.com