Allen Clifford Bjergo
Corvallis – Allen Clifford Bjergo, 85, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2021, due to health complications. He was born September 14, 1935 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota to Adolph and Alice Bjergo.
Allen grew up in Ottertail County on a stock farm and attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse. He took over the management of the farm during his teenage years after his father died unexpectedly.
In his senior year of high school, Allen enlisted in the Army National Guard where he served as platoon sergeant in Germany and was later commissioned and recalled to serve as Deputy Chief-CORDS during the Vietnam War.
In 1962, Allen earned a Bachelor's Degree from North Dakota State University. He then went to live in Norway for a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Royal Agricultural University. He got a Master's Degree at New Mexico State University, and after returning from Vietnam, earned a Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Cornell University. He retired as a professor from Montana State University in 1993. His work also included teaching at the University of Montana.
Allen was a long-term member of several boards of directors, including the Trapper Creek Job Corps, Montana Land Reliance, National Center for Appropriate Technology, and other groups. He was president of the Corvallis Civic Club and the Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development Area, and was a member of the Corvallis American Legion Post 91, Tired Iron Club and Grace Lutheran Church. Allen was a charter member of Bitterrootdalen Lodge, Sons of Norway.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents and brother Gerald, and is survived by his wife, Jackie; sister; Helen Gookin; sons: Erik Nordheim, Karl (Christina)Bjergo and Kyle (Jessica) Nordheim, as well as daughters, Kristi (Crediton) Ojigho, Karen Linarez, Kelsey (David) Viega, Anne (John) Tafoya, Sunan (David) Laws, foster daughter Orapin “Pat” Deesawadi, in Thailand, 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren
.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 10th at 2pm at Grace Lutheran Church located at 270 Hattie Lane in Hamilton, MT. Following the service, there will be an interment with military honors at the Corvallis Cemetery. A celebration of Allen's life will follow at the Grace Lutheran Church.
If you would like to honor Allen, you may make a donation to Teller Wildlife Refuge at PO Box 548, Corvallis, MT 59838 or at tellerwildlife.org. Memorials in his name may be made to the Montana Land Reliance and Grace Lutheran Church.
Allen's loved ones would like to thank the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospitals' doctors and nurses, who made his end of days as comfortable as possible, for their compassion and kind care and treatment. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.