Bergen was a World War II veteran, enlisting and serving in the Navy. He was awarded the Victory Ribbon, American Area, Asiatic Pacific (3 Stars) and Philippine Liberation (2 Stars) medals.
He was a tug boat captain and also a professional oyster shucker, a trade which was taught to him by his father.
Bergen was a faithful Saints fan, dating back to the 1960s, and always knew they would win the Super Bowl. He also was a true LSU fan and supporter. He inspired many family members and nephews to play football at local schools.
He always enjoyed helping his family. One case was his nephew Wayne Crouch, who was injured at an early age. Bergen was there and wasn’t leaving the hospital until he was rehabilitated. Bergen was more than just an uncle, taking on the role as father and grandfather to family members.
We would like to thank Susan Fromenthal and her children, Denisica, Chris and Nathan Starling, for the care and love given to Uncle Bergen over the years. Also thanks to Caleb Bryan for being there for Uncle Bergen, and to Rose Fromenthal for the support and love given to him and for staying with him until the end.
Survivors include three sisters, Marie Louise Daigle and Shirley Scadlock, both of Morgan City, and Eula Champagne of Tomball, Texas. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex C. Crappell and Medora Lovell Crappell. Also preceding him in death were four brothers, Wilbert, Preston, William and Wilton Crappell; three sisters, Vivian Young, Lucille Dardar and Stella Roe; and a nephew-in-law, Glathen “Guy” Starling.
A memorial visitation was held today, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the Church of God of Prophecy on Second Street in Morgan City, beginning at 1 p.m. with funeral services at 2 p.m. Military honors were provided by the East St. Mary Veterans Funeral Squad, and he was laid to rest in the Morgan City Cemetery.