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In Memory

Tom Bernard (Bernard) - Class Of 1967

Thomas Douglas Bernard

Monday, December 23, 2013


Thomas Douglas Bernard


March 3, 1949 - Dec. 20, 2013

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Thomas Douglas Bernard passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his home in McCook. He was 64 years old.

Tom was born on March 3, 1949, in Yankton, South Dakota, to parents, Douglas A. and Ursula Regina (Smith) Bernard. He graduated from McCook High School in 1967 and then continued his education at Kearney State Teachers College.

On Nov. 21, 1975, he was united in marriage to Joanne Kotschwar. To this union a son, Nick, was born.

Tom was owner and operator of Generations Restaurant and Bar in Grand Island and part owner of Nebraskaland Distributers in McCook for many years. He also managed an apartment complex and was an insurance agent for life and health investments.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He was also a member of the McCook Elks, having served in the capacity of Exhaulted Ruler. He was involved with many benevolent functions including the haunted house. Tom's hobbies included traveling, golfing, hunting and fishing. He was an avid Husker fan.

Preceding him in death was his father, Douglas Bernard.

He is survived by his son, Nick Bernard and wife, Julie, of Omaha; wife, Joanne Bernard of Grand Island; mother, Ursula Bernard of Kearney; sister, B'Anne and husband, Jerry Zapp, of Kearney; brother, Jeff Bernard and wife, Kathy, of Denver; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends.

Memorials may be given in his name.

Rosary will be Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, 7 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in McCook with Father Gary Brethour officiating. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Friends may send condolences to the family at www.carpenterbreland.com.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.