Berkley Bruce Bernard

Hale, Michigan
February 17, 1934 - November 29, 2020

Visitations

Visitation will be held from 4-8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan.

In accordance with Governor's order, please be advised facial covering is required while in the funeral home as well as social distance measures. We will limit the number of guests at a given time but encourage your attendance.

Service Location

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 407 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan 48739

Services

Funeral ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. (in state 10:00 a.m.) Friday, December 4, 2020 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 407 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan 48739.

Obituary Notice

Berkley “Berk” Bruce Bernard, age 86 years, a lifelong resident of Hale, Michigan passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020 at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan.

Berk was born February 17, 1934 in Hale, Michigan to the late David G. and Alice Rahl Bernard. He graduated Hale High School and in 1958 began his woodworking business forming it into the Hale Lumber Company in 1969 which would eventually become Bernard Building Center after the current location was built in 1977. Berk was a master carver of wood, creating numerous carvings and staircases. He was precise and detail oriented in the shop he had behind the house. Berk enjoyed hunting and traveling, wood carving and his daily visits and meals at Big Bob’s Restaurant. Berk was also a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hale and the Wood Chippers Group.

Berk is survived by his children, Debra (Randy) Fisher, Bruce (Ann) Bernard, Bryon Bernard and Daryn (Melissa) Bernard; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, Berk was preceded in death by his wife Beatrice in 2005; and four brothers.

Visitation for Berk will take place from 4-8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan 48739. Funeral ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. (in state 10:00 a.m.) Friday, December 4, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 407 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan with Pastor Dean Muhle officiating. Interment will follow in Esmond Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com

Memorials

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 407 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan 48739

Cemetery

Esmond Evergreen Cemetery, Hale, Michigan

Condolences

I'm so very sorry to hear of this wonderful man's passing. I will remember the conversations we had at the store so many times. I will miss seeing him very much. The whole Bernard family has my deepest sympathy and prayers in the days ahead. Much love to you all.
— Tammy Lyke Marshall
I'm very sorry for your loss it was my great pleasure to cook many meals for Berk at Big Bobs he was a wonderful talented man I'm glad to have known.
— Jana VanSpoor
Always enjoyed the interesting conversations and our time in the morning.
— Mike Robson
The Kelly family is thinking of the Bernard families at this time. Berk was a legend in his own time. He will be missed.
— Anita Kelly
Debra, Bruce, Byron & Daryn, I was sorry to learn of the passing of your father Berk. Duane and I enjoyed seeing him around town, He was a friend to everyone he met.
— Linda Caverly
So sorry to hear of Berk's passing - he always had a good word for everyone. He is a Hale icon and will be missed.
— Dee Dee Brinkman
My deepest and dearest sympathies! I am so very sorry for your loss!
— Janeen Clark
With Heartfelt Sympathy to the entire Bernard Family on the Loss of their Father. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
— John & Barb Stayer
I believe that I was one of Berk's first regular customers. The whole Bernard family are a pleasure to work with, are caring, and ready to please the customer. I believe that is the proper way Berk and his wife brought up their family. I will really miss seeing him once in a while in the store. Rest in Peace my Friend.
— E. Arnold Engster
Our sincere sympathy for the loss of your father, one of the best of men. My parents loved them both and thought of them as family. They will be remembered and missed.
— Gail McIlmurray/Jim McIlmurray
Our deepest condolences to the Bernard family! His woodworking was amazing. He was a very kind & caring person who will be missed! Our prayers & thoughts are with you during this difficult time!
— Steve & Bev Mason
Our most heartfelt condolences from the Fisher family to the Bernard family. Let us pray: Saints of God, come to Berkley "Berk" Bruce Bernard aid! Come to meet him, angels of the Lord! Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High. May Christ, Who called you, take you to Himself; may angels lead you to Abraham's side. Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High. Give him eternal rest, O Lord, and may Your light shine upon him forever. Let us pray: We commend our brother Berkley "Berk" Bruce Bernard to you, Lord. Now that he has passed from this life, may he live on in Your presence. In Your mercy and love, forgive whatever sins he may have committed through human weakness. He has moved on and will rejoice and live in eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sincerely,
Ron Sue Fisher
Indian Mound TN
— Ron Sue Fisher
From the time he corrected my "Good Morning, Mr. Bernard." greeting with a big grin and "Nah, I'm just 'Berk the jerk," I instantly liked this man and his playful sense of humor. Berk spoke to all of us staff members as friends, and he is is sorely missed.
— Kelly Trainor
My condolences to The Bernard family. I enjoyed my conversations with him in the store. He was always concerned how I was doing. He was always smiling and positive. He was an awesome person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
— Timothy A Parsell
One of the best people I have ever had touch my life. When you worked for Berk Bernard you were family and he was a joy to be around. My wife and I will always remember fondly the years I was employed at Bernard Building Center
— Rob Reid
Our sincere sympathies to the Bernard Family - You could not find a nicer person than Berk, I know he will be missed so much.
— John and Lorie Williams
What a great man , Berk always had time to stop an talk to ya . He raised a good family an business . Will always have fond memories of couple hunting trips to Canada with Berk an sons . God bless him an family!
— Joe -Phyllis Debuck
So sorry for all the Bernard family over the loss of Uncle Berk. Keep the good memories close.
— Becky R Bernard
Very sorry to hear about your loss, Berk was a great man that always knew us no matter how long we were gone from Hale and visited Big Bob's for lunch which he seemed to be there and always recognized us right up to this last year. He was a man with great integrity and kindness. We will miss him very much and Hale has lost another icon but never forgotten. Berk, rest in peace. Respectfully Liz & Dave Baker
— Dave Baker
Our condolences to the Bernard family. Your was always a kind friendly man. He always had big smile and a chat whenever we saw him. Your dad and mom were very friendly whenever we were in Hale. Always loved to meet up with them.
— Mike & Marge Stevenson

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