Cornelius G. "Bergy" Bergbower, 88, of Bluford, Illinois passed away at 11:22 A.M. May 3, 2018 at Mount Vernon Health Care Center in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born May 26, 1929 in Newton, Illinois to Cornelius G. and Clara (Beasler) Bergbower. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Kapper on February 4, 1956 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Wendelin, Illinois and she survives in Bluford, Illinois.
In addition to his wife of 62 years Cornelius is survived by his son, Gery Bergbower and wife Charlene of Bluford, Illinois; two daughters, Sharon Richardson and husband Tim of Mount Vernon, Illinois and Lisa Trout and husband Steve of Mount Vernon, Illinois; ten grandchildren, Sammie Henry and wife Kelly of Belle Rive, Illinois, Amy Goheen and husband Russ of Benton, Kentucky, Nicholas LeMay of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Riley Trout and wife Randa of Woodlawn, Illinois, Rachel Trout of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Breanna Bergbower of Bluford, Illinois, Margo Richardson and husband Patrick of Denver, Colorado, Joshua Bergbower of Bluford, Illinois, Andrew Trout of Mount Vernon, Illinois, and Mallory Bergbower of Bluford; ten great grandchildren; siblings, Joe Bergbower, John Bergbower, and Caroline Helregel; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Bergbower was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Judith A. Henry.
Cornelius served as a mechanic for the United States Air Force from 1950-1953 and worked as a lineman until retirement from the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. He avidly enjoyed nature, gardening, reading, tinkering, and especially spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed.
As per his wishes he will be cremated and a gathering of family and friends will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Monday, May 7, 2018 at Saint Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10:00 A.M. with Father John Iffert officiating. Inurnment will be held at Saint Mary Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Illinois at a later date. Memorials in Cornelius’s honor may be made to the Donor's Choice and will be accepted at Hughey Funeral Home.
Call Hughey Funeral Home at 618-242-3348 or visit hugheyfh.com for further information.