Gordon Ellis Bergevin, formally from Walla Walla, passed away Dec. 10, 2011, at Kennewick General Hospital after an extended illness and, as a cowboy in his heart and soul, he is now in peace.
He was from a large pioneer family from the Walla Walla Valley area with roots going back to the mid- to late-1800's in the Touchet French Town quarters. Gordon was born Sept. 10, 1930. He lived with his wife Bonnie in Kennewick until illness necessitated his living at Life Care of Kennewick. Gordon loved to fish and spent many weekends on the coast, with many stories of “the one that got away.” He loved to play cards, especially pinochle, and yes, he also loved cattle. He attended Washington State College studying animal husbandry.
He started his career as a salesman/Fertilizer Manager with the Walla Walla Farmers Co-op in the mid 1950's. In the early 1960's, he started BreaAg Service, a division of Union Oil Company in Waitsburg as the area manager, eventually opening up a satellite plant in Touchet. During this same time, he was also farming dry land wheat in the Walla Walla and Columbia Counties. Furthermore, Gordon was always involved with cattle, but never got the gift of buying low and selling high, (family joke), so he went back to work in the fertilizer business with Agri Chem, another fertilizer and crop protection division of Union Oil which then consolidated and became Pure-Grow in Umatilla, Oregon. Gordon and Bonnie started their own business, B.J. Ag Service, a fertilizer and crop protection retail dealership in 1983 in Hermiston, Oregon where they resided. Gordon retired in 2000, moving to Kennewick, but never gave up trying to master the cattle business.
Gordon was preceded in death by his older brother, Wade Bergevin of the Walla Walla area and is survived by his wife Bonnie; brothers, Keith (Joan) and Duane (Marilyn); sons Brian (Claire) and David Bergevin (Mandie); step-sons, Bryan, Bart (Linda) Hotchkiss, and Jeff (Karen) Gipson, and step-daughter, Barbara Richards. His grandchildren, Britanné and Ian Bergevin, Kris (Sarah), Jeremy & Jennifer Godding, Josh Hotchkiss, Elan (Jazmyne) and Patrick (Monique) Gipson, Lucas and Jacob Casilla, Jessica and Kristen Hotchkiss; his two great-grandchildren, Skylar and Taralynn Hotchkiss, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, December 16, 2011, at the Herring Funeral Home in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. An additional service will be held December 27, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at The Living Room Community Church in Richland, at 1007 Wright St., Richland, Washington (West Side Community Center). In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to the The Living Room Community Church through the Herring Funeral Home.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Life Care of Kennewick and Kennewick General Hospital for the care given to Gordon.