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A legend in his own time... Bernie was a strong, good, accomplished, loving, fun, and totally ageless man.

So many things come to mind. He loved and embraced a big extended family, was friends with everyone, and made a lasting impression on all he met. He served in the military, worked and raised family, was a gifted gardener, exceptional fisherman, built homes, fixed anything, raised honeybees and birds, an avid reader, great photographer, motorcycle riding, camping, rockhounding, boating, scuba diving, traveling

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Posted by: Sandy and Mitch Bostrom - San Clemente, CA   Mar 21, 2015

The garden in haven was lacking a rose and God wanted nothing but the best and so he saw this beautiful, sparkling rose and he hand picked it. So don't worry or be sad Arlene &family because we know that Bernie is in the garden of Heaven shinning brighter than ever before. we will cherish the memories as co-worker his laughter and his great personality, God shall wipe away all tears from the eyes and there shall be no more tears.


Posted by: Annmarie & David - Port charlotte, FL   Mar 20, 2015

Bernie had oh, so many traits that were rare and admirable. He was a genleman and a gentle man, who never spoke ill of anyone. He had a warm, kind heart, a ready smile for everyone and was always happy to be a good listener with an empathetic ear and a word of encouragement. And he loved to laugh...and laugh...and laugh. And I loved making him laugh!!! He has now gone to his "great reward," as he phrased it, and

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Posted by: Alan Finkle - Palm Springs, CA - son   Mar 20, 2015

Your charming smile and personality will be greatly missed.


Posted by: Betty Jo Leees - Port Charlotte, FL - Friend   Mar 19, 2015

Dear Arlene & family,
Jeff and I would like to say that we are very sorry for lost of Bernie!! Jeff had a lot of fond memories as a teenage and all the stories he told him and when I came into Jeff life and yours that's when I got to know Bernie. He was the kindness, loving, a heart of Gold and how compassionate he was to me, He always made me feel apart of the family and he will

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Posted by: Jeff and Elene Rumph - Rancho Cucamonga, CA - A dear friend of our family   Mar 18, 2015

Dear Arlene, Sonny, Mary and other family members-We were so sorry to hear of Bernie's passing although I know he was greeted with joy when he entered his Savior's heaven.

We have so many memories from over 50 years ago and also our trip in 2000 when Arlene and Bernie hosted us for several days. What a blessing that was.

In recent years Bernie sent us via e-mail many of his great stories of things that took place in his life. What a blessing he was.

We will miss him.

Love, Brent and Judy Salkeld


Posted by: Judy Lamb Salkeld - Colorado Springs, CO - friend   Mar 17, 2015

Bernie was a gentle man, with a great smile. He was pivotal in helping me track my paternal side; my grandmother was a Strapp. Recently, he has been sending me his wonderful written stories about his very exciting life, and all the detailed memories of his adventures past. He is a great writer, and he inspired me to take chances and think outside the safe box. I am sorry for your loss, but I am grateful to have had him in my life..........my prayers are with you all........fondly, Mickie Putt McConnell


Posted by: Mickie (Putt) McConnell - Alta Loma, CA - cousin   Mar 16, 2015

DEAREST ARLENE,
BERNIE LIT UP ALL OF OUR LIVES WITH HIS MANY ADVENTURES, AND WHAT AN HISTORIAN.. EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT OUR ANCESTORS CAME FROM HIM. WE WILL JOIN HIM AGAIN BYE AND BYE, IN THAT WONDERFUL PLACE WHERE THERE ARE NO TEARS, NO PAIN, NO SICKNESS, NO DYING. . GOD COMFORT YOU, ALL THE KIDS, GRANDKIDS AND GREATS... WITH LOVE,
FROM CAROL COLLINS


Posted by: CAROL COLLINS - Banning, CA - COUSIN   Mar 16, 2015

Arlene & Family,
There are never words to say that can fill the emptiness you must be feeling now. I have known Bernie since I was a little kid. Great man, great dad. My prayers are with you in this time. So sorry. Barbara Lamb


Posted by: barbara Lamb - walnut, CA - friend   Mar 16, 2015

Sorry for your loss , may Bernie RIP


Posted by: Rev. Geffen jen Okin - Cleveland, OH   Mar 13, 2015