Murrel Bernard, 94, of Belle Rive, "Went Home to be with the Lord" Monday morning October 30, 2017.
He was born in Bonnie, IL on March 9, 1923, the son of Willard & Lily (Beardin) Bernard.
Mr. Bernard was a born again Christian, and a member of the New Hope Free WIll Baptist Church. He started a family business, M. Bernard & Sons Grain Co. in 1959, and was a lifelong farmer. Mr. Bernard enjoyed going to Church, hauling grain which he did until he was 92, and driving the combine which he did until age 94, driving the evening before he had his stroke.
Mr. Bernard is survived by his wife, LaVerne (Adams) Bernard whom he married on February 11, 1950. They were blessed with 8 children:
Son: Gilroy Bernard and children:
Chris (Audrey) Bernard and their children; Caitlyn & Lucy
Curt (Sara) Bernard & Addison
Brooke (Omid) Yamini
Son: Dwight (Barbara) Bernard and children:
Jason (Tanisha) Bernard and children: Abby & Natalie
Kelley Bernard & children: Jack & Louis
Daughter: Phyllis (Darrell) Sigwerth and children:
Darrick (Laura) Sigwerth and children: Darrien, Dominick & Daniel
Cassidy (Derek) Drennan and children: Payten, Bentley & Korbyn
Son: Alvin (Peggy) Bernard and children:
Brandon (Kessa) Bernard and children: Brynlee & Gunner
Son: Tom (Colleen) Bernard and children:
Jennifer (Shaun) Vineyard and children: Madison & Lane
Breann (Ryan) Stoodley and children: Madison & Kennedy
Daughter: Malinda (Rick) Thomas and children:
Mallory (Jason) Kimmerling and children: Tenley & Liam
Mackenzie (Josh) Polete and Berkley
Daughter: Patricia Bernard
Daughter: Carmella (Garret) Payne
Mr. Bernard was preceded in death by his Parents, by a Daughter-in-law: Brenda Bernard, by a Grandson: Nathan Bernard, by a Brother: Paul Bernard & his wife Erma Lee, and by a Sister: Opal Wangler & her husband Sebren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 4th at the Ina Free Will Baptist Church with Pastors Craig Smith & Tim Coonce officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday at the Ina Free Will Baptist Church.
For those who wish, Memorials may be made to the New Hope Free Will Baptist Church.
The Johnston Funeral Home in Ina is in charge of arrangements.
Published on November 1, 2017