DURHAM – Jack Willard Bergstrom passed away Monday, June 4, 2018 at his home at The Forest at Duke. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa to the late Myron and Lorrene Bergstrom.
Jack graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in Charleston, WV in 1946. He met his late wife of 64 years, Kathryn Tuttle Bergstrom, at Duke University where they both graduated in 1950. They later married at Duke Chapel in 1951. He enlisted in the US Air Force in December 1951 and graduated from the US Air Force Officer Candidate School in July 1952. He served at Lowry AFB in Denver, Colorado, Kessler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi and Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska.
Jack separated from the Air Force in 1953 and joined Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company. He worked in Durham, Mexico and Europe. He graduated from the University of Virginia Advanced Management School in 1969 and transferred to Pinkerton Tobacco Company in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1975. He retired in 1991 as Vice President of Manufacturing from Pinkerton Tobacco Company.
Jack and Kathy moved back to Durham in 1991 where they spent and enjoyed their retirement years. They were members for over 50 years at Epworth United Methodist Church.
Jack is survived by his daughter, Debbie Bergstrom of Durham; his son, Gregg Bergstrom and wife, Mollie of Charlotte; his grandchildren, Kathryn-Ruth Sasser and husband, Allen of Auburn, Alabama and Austin Bergstrom of Charlotte; his aunt, Marlys Lindaman of Concord.
A memorial service will be held at The Forest at Duke, June 9th at 2PM. A reception will be held following the memorial service.
Memorials may be made to the benevolent fund at The Forest at Duke or to Epworth United Methodist Church.
The Bergstrom family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.