Myron "Mike" Earl Bernard passed away peacefully on Aug. 12, 2019. He was born on Jan. 22, 1930, to Bert and Delores (Brown) Bernard in Orion Township. He attended and graduated from Chatfield High School.
After graduation, he enlisted in the military and served in the Korean War for four years. He attained the rank of Corporal and received six medals for his valor and service to our country. After the service, he returned to Chatfield and started farming.
Mike married Beth Manning and they raised ten children West of Chatfield in Cummingsville. He milked and had beef cattle and continued to farm for 50 years. Together, they taught their children the importance of caring for each other, helping those less fortunate and the value of hard work.
For the last eight years, he had the great fortune to be married to Shirley (Schlinkmann). They spent the winters in Ajo, Ariz., and would return to Chatfield for the summers. Shirley has been a deeply devoted wife and companion. The family is greatly appreciative of the love and care that she gave him.
Mike enjoyed being around people and socializing. He could easily strike up a conversation and had a quick wit and an easy laugh. He especially liked to spend time with his children and their families. His gentle teasing manner showed his family how much he cared for them. He enjoyed the outdoors, whether it was fishing, hunting or gardening. In particular, he loved flowers and would often comment on how beautiful they looked.
As the kids were growing, the family spent time at the cabin on Lake Kabetogama. He would often comment that he could "sit and look out the window at the lake all day."
Mike is survived by his wife, Shirley; eight children, Deb (Loren) Viere, Mike (Kathy) Bernard, Dona (Terry) Bowen, Donald (Tonya) Bernard, Matthew (Maureen) Bernard, Mark (Shari) Bernard, Jason (Cheryl) Bernard, Jeffrey Bernard; Shirley's daughter, Judy (Scott) Beard; 34 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; brother, Frank (Arla); and sister, Mary. He was loved by all and left an incredible legacy. Although we know that his time has come to leave us, we will miss him.
He was preceded in death by his daughters, Teri Jaeger and Mary Beth Ulring; grandson, Scott Ulring; brothers, Art, Bert, and Gerald; and sisters, Lucille Fitch, Marion Lincoln, Elaine Tucker, Minnie Bandel, and Delores Ackerman.
The family deeply appreciates the care provided by Mayo Hospice, the Veteran's Administration, and Whitewater Health Services, St. Charles. Mike requested his body be donated to the Mayo Clinic.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Chatfield United Methodist Church. Family prefers memorials directed to the Mayo Clinic Parkinson's Research or Lenora United Methodist Church.