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David Philip August Bernard

Born: Sun., Nov. 8, 1936
Died: Sun., Nov. 3, 2019


9:30 AM to 10:00 AM, Thu., Nov. 07, 2019
Location: Emblem Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Nov. 07, 2019
Location: Emblem Lutheran Church

Interment following funeral service

Thu., Nov. 07, 2019
Location: Emblem Cemetery

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David Philip August Bernard passed away peacefully at his home on November 3, 2019. His son, Dennis, was with him. He was born November 8, 1936 to August Joseph “Frenchie” Bernard and Rosie Reinke Bernard. He attended school in Emblem and Greybull. He graduated from Greybull High School and was a lifelong Buffs fan. One of his greatest moments was when his grandson was hired as the head football coach there.

Dave served in the U.S. Army, worked construction, and finally settled back in Emblem where he farmed until his retirement. He was an amazing bowler. On a cold winter night, he met Dorothy Marie Ward and her young daughter. They had been at the bowling alley with friends. As they say, the rest is history. He said that he just knew they needed him in their lives. Dave and Dorothy were married on July 27, 1968. A few years later, Dennis came into their lives and finally, Davey. Their family was complete.

Dave enjoyed everything about his family. He attended nearly all their events. He cheered them on at their athletic events, attended their school and church programs, and was always their biggest fan.

Dorothy developed Multiple Sclerosis. As her health declined and she lost the ability to do things for herself, Dave cared for her tirelessly. His love, commitment, and compassion for her never failed. When she died, he felt lost without her. He continued to love her every day of his life and looked forward to being with her again.

His legacy to his family was to show and teach them about unconditional love. He always loved and supported them through the happy times as well as the most difficult times. He loved to joke and tease. He enjoyed irritating his friends while playing dice or cards. He never knew a stranger and always had a smile on his face. Throughout the years he enjoyed his grandkids as much as his own children. He was excited about new littles in the family. He loved sharing his candy and Cheetos with them.

Dave was preceded in death by his true love, Dorothy; parents, Frenchie and Rosie; brother, Robert Peterson; and his in-laws, JD and Marie Ward and Wayne Paris.

He is survived by his daughter, Madeline (Brad) Moody of Lovell; sons, Dennis Bernard of Emblem and David (Chelsea) Bernard of Greybull; grandchildren, Ryan Moody (Shelby Plewa), Eli (Madison) Moody, Haleigh DeLeon (Chase Smith), and Finley Bernard; great-granddaughter, Blake Moody; brother, Gary (Anita) Bernard; sister-in-law, Denise Paris; and several nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Lutheran Church in Emblem. Viewing/Visitation will take place from 9:30-10:00 a.m. prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Emblem Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been set up at Big Horn Federal Bank.

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Earline Caldwell Oset
   Posted Tue November 05, 2019
Sending heartfelt sympathy and prayers for David's family. RIP old friend.

Gerry Marie Hankins Nelson Rhodes
   Posted Tue November 05, 2019
I have such fond memories of David and his wife. I read his obituary and knew the man described and can attest he was indeed all that was written. Please accept, to all who loved David, my most sincere sympathy. I love too far away to attend the service. I know that David will be welcomed home by God.

Shirley Williams
   Posted Tue November 05, 2019
My sympathy and prayers to your entire family. So sorry for your loss.5

Gary and Judy Emmett
   Posted Tue November 05, 2019
Willmiss you David. Had some great times in school and setting water Rest in Peace

Avis Frank
   Posted Tue November 05, 2019
Maddy, Dennis, Davey & families: Am sending my sympathies to you all & know that you all are in my thoughts at this difficult time. Your Dad was a very special guy & will be missed by so many. Warming hugs sent your way. My cousin was a joker deluxe & still can hear his laughter while playing cards or bowling. Remembering him fondly. Avis & Pete Frank

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