David John Bjorkgren, 74 of Franklin, WV, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Lexington, MA on January 30, 1939, the son of the late Anton David and Charlena Riggs Bjorkgren Parrish. On June 13, 1972, David married Nancy Griffith Bjorkgren, who survives in Franklin.
Mr. Bjorkgren was a graduate of Bristol High school in Maine. He attended MIT and was a computer systems designer. In later years, he was a woodworker.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: 2 daughters, Deedee Dow and husband Chuck of Quarryville, PA, Corrie Bjorkgren of Sugar Grove, WV; a daughter-in-law, Amy Greenawalt Bjorkgren of Harrisonburg, VA; 2 sisters, Charlena Santry of Hyannis, MA, Karla Ritcey and husband Everett of Waltham, MA; and 7 grandchildren, Shinnelle Bjorkgren, Karissa Bjorkgren, Coleman Dow, Jada Dow, Elly Dow, Colby Bjorkgren, and Micah Bjorkgren. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by: a son, John Riggs Bjorkgren in April 2013; and a brother, Robert Bjorkgren.
Pastor Camelot Shuff will officiate a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin. Mr. Bjorkgren's family will receive friends from 3-4:00 PM at the funeral home on Saturday.