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John “Jack” Wendell Bernard, Sr., age 85, of Logan, Iowa, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Omaha, Neb.

John was born on April 28, 1934 in Ponca, Neb. to Guy and Edith (Boughn) Bernard. Jack went through elementary and high school in Ponca, Neb., where he enjoyed playing sports. 

After high school, he joined the Navy where he served our country for four years, 1953 – 1957.

After the Navy, Jack was employed by the Chicago Northwestern Railroad in Missouri Valley, Iowa for 38 years with the last ten years with Union Pacific in Council Bluffs.

He met Franny Swanger and they were married in October 15, 1958 for forty-two years until, Franny’s death in April 20, 2000. He loved camping with his family and fishing. Jack enjoyed going to the casino with his grandsons and his friend Estal Hinkel and anyone else would like to ride/drive along. Jack especially enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and many friends.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, “Franny."

Survivors include his children: Shelly Hildreth; Debby (Casey) Lawrence; John (Vicki) Bernard, Jr.; brother, Dick Bernard; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held May 15, 2019 at the Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley with Pastor Connie McWilliams officiating.

Musical selections included “Amazing Grace” and “Time of Your Life” and “I will Remember You."

Honorary bearers were John Bernard III, Michael Kinney, Travis Short, Billy Holst, Keith Holst and Marty Gillespie.

Casket bearers were Dusty Hildreth, Casey Lawrence, Kyle Bernard, Dylan King, Dave Hodges and Doug Short.

Final resting place is at Branson Cemetery, Loveland, Iowa. Military Honors were conducted by Logan VFW Post 6256 and O’Hara Seeley Post.