Brian Dennis Bergh, 72 of Tonasket, passed away suddenly on October 18, 2016. He was born In Walla Walla, Washington on November 4, 1943 to Knute and Irene Bergh-Robinson. He moved with his parents to Bellingham where his father operated the Bellingham Air Service.
When his father Knute was killed in a 1953 flying accident, Irene and the three boys moved to Tonasket, Wash. Once there, she purchased an orchard and with the help of the boys, operated the orchard for years. They were later joined by Leland Robinson who fell in love with Irene and took his place in the family.
Brian excelled in Boy Scouting his entire life. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. During a Boy Scout backcountry camping trip, Brian dove into a lake and pulled a drowning man to safety. This earned Brian the Boy Scout Certificate for Heroism. He was also an adult Scout Leader for many years.
Brian graduated from Tonasket High School in 1962. He attended Wenatchee Valley College and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University.
Brian worked at Washington Employment in Pasco and Renton for many years. He eventually moved back to Tonasket and worked in the sawmills, before deciding to help run the family orchards, which he did until the time of his death.
Brian enjoyed dancing, going to auctions and was an avid reader. In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, snow skiing and was an excellent water skier. Brian was a member of several local organizations including the Friends of the Library and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.
He is survived by his mother and step-father Lee and Irene Robinson, brothers Roger (Carol) Bergh of Statesboro, Georgia, Bob (Robin) Bergh of Tonasket, Wash., two nieces Stephanie (Keith) Dammann and Anna Bergh; two nephews; Michael (Naomi) Bergh and Erik Bergh. One great niece, Cecelia (CC) whom he adored and numerous cousins and friends.He was preceded in death by his father Knute Bergh.
A memorial Graveside Service will be held Friday, October 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Oroville Riverview Cemetery, with the Reverend Marilyn Wilder officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Tonasket Senior Center at 1 p.m. Memorials can be made to the Tonasket Friends of the Library.
Bergh Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements