James S. Berglund
WEST BRANCH TOWNSHIP, MI. – James S. Berglund, age 65, of West Branch Township, entered eternal life Friday afternoon, September 13, 2013, at his home, in the loving, comforting care of his wife and Lake Superior Hospice.
Born in Marquette on November 14, 1947, the son of Byron and Margaret Berglund, he grew up on East Ohio Street and attended the Marquette Public Schools. He graduated in 1965, a member of the first graduating class at the new Marquette Senior High School. Jim attended Northern Michigan University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Mathematics. During his formative years, he held many different jobs including assisting and traveling with Mike McCarty on his ice deliveries, having a paper route for the Mining Journal, working as a dishwasher at NMU, serving as a weigh master for the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad, a mover with Flannigan Brothers Moving Company, and sailing three seasons on the Joseph H. Frantz, William M. Mather, and the Pontiac. A few of Jim’s friends were Michigan State Police troopers, one a canine unit trooper and the other a road trooper. He enjoyed assisting with training and laying track for the canine unit, and as graduation approached, Jim looked into a career with the State Police. As destiny would have it, Jim became a trooper in 1972.
Also, while attending NMU, Jim met his future wife, Mariellen (Mel) and in December 1972, the couple were married. Jim’s first post assignment was at Houghton Lake with a transfer, two years later, to the firearms and bomb squad units. He worked at both the Warren and Madison Heights labs in the Detroit Metro area before being transferred to the Grayling lab and finally back to his home town, Marquette.
Jim considered it a privilege to serve the people of Michigan and was known for his suscinct, capable, and sensible management skills.
He retired in 1997, having served as commanding officer of the MSP Crime Lab from 1990-1997, and serving the people of Michigan for 25 years. Throughout the years, Jim and Mel raised five canine companions from puppies through adulthood. They also shared the joy of over 900 elementary students over the years, with Jim often visiting Mel’s classroom to help prepare Holiday Brunch for the class each Christmas. Mel’s classroom always contained a variety of books, center materials, art supplies, with many field trip opportunities available, due largely to Jim’s love and respect for learning. He supported her efforts, goals, and needs. During his childhood, his mother, Margaret, nurtured a love of learning, with reading and the challenge of crossword puzzles being two gifts she instilled in him.
Jim’s interests were many and varied and he especially enjoyed the quietness and beauty of his woodland home. He enjoyed preparing meals for family and friends, camping, saunas, travel, gardening, boating, and the stewardship of his tree farm which kept him busy and content.
Jim’s fraternal and civic affiliations were many and throughout the years he was active as a confirmed Christian, Sea Scout, Blue Key Fraternity member, Jogging Academics, a member of the Negaunee Rod and Gun Club, Grayling Rotary Club, Crawford County Library Board member, International Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners, the “Old Timers,” Sons of the American Legion, Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan and Shriners International.
While residing in Grayling, Jim was a Past Master of Grayling Masonic Lodge #356 and a member of Elk Khurafeh Shrine and the AuSable Shrine Club. In Marquette, Jim was a member of Marquette Lodge #101 and the Ahmed Shriners.
A loving husband and devoted to his family and friends, Jim is survived by his wife, Mariellen and pup, Jude; his sister, Lois Kampe (Robert Malette); a niece, Jill (Doug Dykema), and three nephews, Mark (Chris) Kampe, Dale (Adele) Kampe, and Jeff (Corrine) Kampe; other nieces and a nephew include, Chelsea and Madelyn Dykema of Marquette and Spencer Dykema of Marquette; and several nieces and nephews in the Copper Country and out of state. Also surviving are his mother-in-law,Ruthie Warren; brothers-in-law, Joe (Myra) Warren, Ray (Holly)Warren; sisters-in-law,Dorothy (John) Warren Jasinski, Margaret (Bruce) Leach, Laura (Bryan) Areeda; and eight nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Thursday, September 26, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm with the MSP Honor Guard present during the first two hours of visitation.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 27, at 11:00 am under the auspices of Marquette Masonic Lodge #101 followed by a service with Rev. Ben Paris, Michigan State Police chaplain officiating. A reception will follow in the reception area located at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 pm Friday afternoon in the Forsyth Township Cemetery, Gwinn.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Forsyth Township Library, Peter White Public Library, Lake Superior Hospice, UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter), or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
Condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com.