Michael R. vonBergen

Mike vonBergen, 73, of Merriam, KS, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 in Shawnee Mission, KS. He was born Feb. 23, 1940 in rural Richardson County, the son of Ralph and Claudia vonBergen.

Mike lettered in track, basketball and football in high school. He married Kay Lee on August 13, 1958 and they lived in Lincoln, Manhattan, KS, and Sacramento, CA, before settling in Kansas City in 1973. Mike completed his degree from Kansas State University while raising two small children. He started his career at Safeway in Falls City and worked for a number of grocery stores, including more than 10 years at Price Chopper before retiring in 2009. Mike and Kay had a love for boating and most recently enjoyed their cabin cruiser at the Lake of the Ozarks where they spent long weekends for several years.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bradley; his twin sister, Margo Larson; and his father-in-law, Virgil Lee.

He is survived by his wife, Kay; son, Marc (Patty) vonBergen and grandson, Brandon; daughter, Stacia (Bobby) Hawkins and grandson Spencer and granddaughter Valarie; brother, Richard vonBergen; sister, Nicole Barcomb; mother-in-law, Geneva Lee; brother-in-law, Larry Larson; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mike was a special husband, son, brother, father, grandfather and friend.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at Wild Rose Cemetery, Humboldt. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.CremationCenterKC.com

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