Robert Paul (Bob) Bergeron

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Robert Paul (Bob) Bergeron

1933-2021

 Robert Paul (Bob) Bergeron passed away Thursday, September 16, after a prolonged illness. He was born in Houma, Louisiana, in 1933. At the age of 19, Bob enlisted in the Navy and became a Skyraider AD5N airplane navigator and served on the USS Essex aircraft carrier during the Korean war until1956. While stationed in San Diego, California, Bob met a pretty little dark-haired girl from Massachusetts named June DeVoe and was instantly smitten. They were married on July 28, 1956, and soon relocated to Bob's hometown.

Bob worked at Defraites Civil Engineers as a surveyor but also flipped burgers at Besto Burgers, while also attending Nichols State College in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. Their daughter, Sheary, was born in 1957 and his son, Gary, in 1958. In 1959, the family relocated to New Orleans where Bob took a position as a geologist for Shell Oil Company. Their younger son, Wesley, was born in 1960. While working at Shell, he served as president of the Shell employees club and was also a proud member of the Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers Guild and served as its president for several years. He carved many beautiful duck decoys. Although his career was in the sciences, Bob had an artist's heart and continued pursuing his love of the visual arts throughout his life. He built beautiful models of ships and oil platforms to display at Shell, and privately enjoyed sketching, painting, and sculpting.

 As an active father, he served as a Cub Scout Webelos leader (while June helped with Brownies for Sheary) and helped his sons build a boat named What Cha Want. As a side business, Bob owned a framing shop, teaching his children how to cut mattes and frame photos and artwork. He loved building furniture and designing outdoor and indoor spaces. His sons credit him with teaching them how to repair almost anything and with instilling in them a do-it-yourself attitude.

At the age of 53, Bob retired from Shell Oil Company, and he and June relocated to Olathe, Kansas, in 1988, to be closer to family. He stayed busy as a neighborhood handyman who did many renovations and finished basements for his neighbors and also built a bridge and benches for the Prairie Star Elementary School. In 2018, Bob & June moved to Tallgrass Senior Living Facility where he continued to study and practice his art.

 Bob Bergeron was a "Cajun," descended from the Acadians who were expelled from Nova Scotia by the British because they refused to swear allegiance to the king and change their religion. Proud of his heritage and true to the New Orleans spirit, he loved a good party, crawfish boils, and making lots of friends everywhere he went.

 Bob was proceeded in death by his wife June Rose Bergeron, parents Paul Clemille and Edith (Junot) Bergeron, sisters Carmel Pitre and Jeanette Falgout. He is survived by his brother Charles Ray (Jaimie), daughter Sheary and her two daughters, Melissa and Stefanie, son Gary (Jill) and his children, Aaron and Adrienne, and son Wesley (Theresa) and his children Ryan, Lynsey, Jared, and Austin. He was also blessed with six great-grandchildren: Tobin, Stella, Steven, Jonathan, Catherine, and Amelia, as well as many nieces and nephews.

 The receiving of Family and Friends will be on September 27th at 10:00 AM with a Holy Rosary recited at 10:30, Mass at 11:00 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church at 16000 W 143rd St, Olathe, KS 66062 with the interment following at 12 noon at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery at 8300 Quivira Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation.