Johnnie Stephen Bergman, 61, a resident of Cottage Grove, Ore., died Nov. 20, 2012 of a heart attack. He was born March 8, 1951 in Eugene, Ore. to Johnnie and Edna Bergman. He graduated from Churchill High School and served in the National Guard.
On Sept. 30, 2006, he and Linda Brown Krueger were married in the chapel at Sacred Heart Hospital where he was employed as a Pathology and Deputy Medical Examiner Assistant for 41 years. He met his calling working in the morgue taking care of bodies. Johnnie was considered an 'icon' at the hospital.
As a long-time avid amateur radio operator, N7FGF, Johnnie was an active member in LCSARO- Lane County Sheriff’s Amateur Radio Operations, SLARO, South Lane Amateur Radio Operations, Western Country Cousins Amateur Radio Network, and OEN, Oregon Emergency Net. He had a great sense of humor that could be heard on the radio often. He was one of the original ham operators in Project LifeSaver helping locate clients through wristband radio tracking. He also participated as a CERT trainer for Community Emergency Response Team in the Eugene/Springfield area.
He loved camping especially at Prairie Farm, which he fondly called the Hippie Campout, for over 30 years. He shared his love for life and affection for animals, especially his 'Momma Kitty' who had been a stray but found a good home with Johnnie.
He is survived by his wife, Linda of Cottage Grove, a stepdaughter, Kellie Krueger of Springfield, OR, a stepson, Todd Krueger of Eugene, OR and a sister, Barbara Edmunds (and Bob) of Cottage Grove, OR.
A memorial service will be held at PeaceHealth Riverbend Hospital on Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in Springfield, OR. Arrangements will be under the care of Andreasons Cremation and Burial Services in Springfield.