CAMP DOUGLAS — Dr. Lawrence P. Bergs, prominent clinical psychologist, 86, of Camp Douglas passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at his home of 55 years near, Mill Bluff State Park.
He was born May 12, 1931, to Anton and Katherine (Schiller) Bergs in Wausau, Wis. He was happily united in marriage to Gladys Gindt Dec. 11, 1954.
Dr. Lawrence Bergs worked all his life in various places as a clinical psychologist, helping people.
Lawrence remained active throughout his entire life, regularly enjoying the Elroy bike trail and the 400 bike trail in Camp Douglas, playing tennis, and even completing 17 American Birkebeiners (a 50 kilometer cross country ski marathon). He continued to downhill ski in Colorado, Utah, and Montana, until the age of 78. Lawrence had a quick wit, enjoyed telling jokes and confusing people with his Latin, and would often be heard stubbornly arguing CNN world news. He remained proud of service in the Korean War.
He was a proud member of the Friends of Mill Bluff and the 40 et 8 in Camp Douglas. He was also the bar manager of the Camp Douglas American Legion, Post No. 133 for 13 years.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, whom he loved and supported until the very end, Gladys; children, Kermit (JoAnn Brink) Bergs and Sonia (Mark Quinn) Bergs; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held beginning at 1 p.m. with a brief service and military honors beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the American Legion, Earl Guilligan Post No. 133, in Camp Douglas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Food Pantry of Tomah or the 40 et 8 in Camp Douglas. The Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.