John Cover Bergmann, 81, of Alvin, Texas, passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018. John was born in the early morning hours of December 9, 1936 in San Diego, California to United States Navy sailor John F. Bergmann and wife, Lillian R. Cover Bergmann.
His earliest memories were of his fifth birthday party when a next door neighbor ran in announcing that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. Within thirty minutes his father was on his way to the Pacific.
In 1952, the Navy moved the family to Japan where he attended high school at Eta Jima High School on the naval base. While in Japan, John and his other two classmates decided to paint a target on the schoolhouse roof as a senior prank.
Upon returning stateside, John attended the Colorado School of Mines before entering the United States Navy. Sworn in by his father, Commander John Bergmann, John became a meteorologist flying in the nose of a P3V Orion. During the Cold War, he was stationed atop a secret mountain on Kodiak Island monitoring the air for radioactive fallout from Soviet nuclear tests.
After an honorable discharge from the Navy, John purchased a 1961 International Harvester Scout and set out for the canyons and deserts of the Southwest.
In 1963, answering an advertisement for overseas work, John found himself working on the development of a ballistic missile early warning system for RCA in Thule Greenland.
1965 found John back in the states and headed for Alvin, Texas where he met the girl who would become his wife of 52 years, Joyce Marie Lukens. After knowing one another for three weeks, they eloped. That year, John also began his career at NASA Johnson Space Center working for Lockheed at the Manned Space Flight Center where he worked on the space vehicle motion simulator. While at NASA, John also worked on the Gemini and Apollo missions, as well at the Space Shuttle.
John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce Marie Bergmann; his daughter, Julie Bergmann LaCombe; her husband, David; and granddaughters, Madeleine and Kaitlyn of Lubbock, Texas. He is survived by son, John S. Bergmann; Yola Lawson; granddaughters, Amarriea and Amaya; and grandson Jacob Bergmann of Friendswood, Texas.
John is also survived by sister, Beverly Paschall of Diana, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Dewitt, Becky and Tommy Peebles, Betty and Ken Havens and Grace Episcopal Church for their care and support during this time.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Boy Scout Troop 400 or the Verna Browning Memorial Fund at Grace Episcopal Church in Alvin, Texas.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with the funeral service to begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with The Rev. Nan Doerr officiating. Interment will follow at Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, Texas.
Condolences may be sent to the Bergmann family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements under the direction of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home.