In Loving Memory of Joseph Silvanous Bergbauer
Joseph "Joe" Silvanous Bergbauer, a beloved husband, and father, passed away on November 12, 2023, at the age of 80. Joe was born on November 24, 1942, in Montgomery, Alabama, to the late Joseph V. Bergbauer and Lois Hayes.
Joe led a remarkable life filled with love, laughter, and devotion to his country. Joe served his country proudly for 20 years in the military, eventually retiring as a Sergeant First Class. His commitment and bravery were honored with the prestigious Bronze Star. During his time in the military, he served 2 years in Vietnam as a Maintenance Supervisor, responsible for keeping 16 Chinooks operational during the conflict. After he retired from the Army, he found a second career that allowed him to continue his passion for aircraft and went to work for Lockheed Martin. During that time he earned an associate’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering and also became a certified Airframe Powerplant Mechanic. He had a passion for aircraft, intricately understanding their mechanics, that allowed him to prosper in his military and civilian careers. Beyond his professional pursuits, Joe had a gentle spirit and a warm heart that touched the lives of many.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents Joseph V. Bergbauer and Lois Hayes.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Jamie Bergbauer, children; Joseph T. Bergbauer, Katrina (Carrie Overhiser) Bergbauer, and Teresa (Ryan) Hale, grandchildren; Joseph T. (Britney) Bergbauer, Haley (Jacob) Howell, Jeremy Hale, Jamie Hale, and Jameson Hale, great-grandchildren; Jackson Howell and Leo Bergbauer, cousin; Susan Warren, and brother-in-law; Johnny L O'Barr.
To honor his remarkable life, a Graveside Service will be held at the Georgia National Cemetery on November 16, 2023, at 10:30 am. Prior to the service, friends and loved ones are invited to pay their respects during the visitation at Clark Funeral Home on November 15, 2023, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
Although Joe had a bark that sometimes seemed fierce, those who knew him best understood that it masked a heart overflowing with love, kindness, and compassion. His legacy will continue to live on in the hearts of all those fortunate enough to have known him.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Vietnam Veterans Association of America by visiting www.VVA.org
Clark Funeral Home & Chapel is honored to serve the Bergbauer family during this difficult time.