Ralph Derald Berggren was born May 28, 1931 and raised on a farm in Leonardville, KS, the son of Martin and Agnes (Nelson) Berggren. Ralph was one of seven children. He graduated from Leonardville High School in 1949 and received his Bachelors Degree in Education from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS after serving two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He graduated from Augustana Lutheran Seminary in Rock Island, IL in 1962.
On June 20, 1964, he married Jacqueline Backlin in Warren, MN.
Immediately following his ordination into the Augustana Lutheran Church, Ralph served as Pastor at Zion Lutheran in Ortonville, MN. In 1973 Ralph took a parish at New Home Lutheran in Mitchell, SD where he served as Pastor for nineteen years before retiring in 1992.
Ralph was happiest when visiting with people, listening to music and telling jokes. He was notorious for fearlessly engaging total strangers from all walks of life and often found humor to be the great ice breaker. Above all, he was devoted to his faith, his family, and his friends.
He leaves his wife of forty-five years, Jacqueline; his sons Roger (Peg) Sioux Falls, SD, Richard (Laura), Eden Prairie, MN, and Paul, Redwood Falls, MN; his brothers and sisters: Wendell (Betty), Lindsborg, KS, Robert (Fern), Leonardville, KS, Norma (Bart) Coutermarsh, Leonardville, KS, Lylas Schultz, Ellenwood, KS and Maurice (Bonnie), Manhattan, KS; four grandchildren; and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Kenneth.
A Memorial Fund has been established.