Felix J. Bernhardt, 96, formerly of Linton
Felix J. Bernhardt, 96, formerly of Linton, died Saturday March, 2, 2013, in a Bismarck Care Center. Felix was born Sept. 9, 1916, southeast of Linton, the son of Joseph and Barbara (Schiele) Bernhardt. He attended country school. Felix’s father died when Felix was only two years old, his mother remarried and the family lived on his father’s farm.
In May of 1935, Felix joined the CCC’s where he served over a year. Felix worked at several jobs including, a lumberjack, a mine worker in Butte, Mont., and a sugar field worker before returning home. He started farming on his father’s farm in 1956. Felix married Rose Bosch on Nov. 20, 1956, at Sacred Heart Church east of Linton. Following their marriage, they farmed his father’s land until 1983 when they retired.
They continued to live on the farm until moving to Linton. He was a trustee at Sacred Heart Church, president of the country school board, and helped in getting rural buses in the area. Felix entered the service in March of 1941, received training in Iowa and was shipped to several other states. He received an honorable discharge as a Corporal in August of 1943. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, the Strasburg Lions Club. Felix will be remembered as a hard, working man, always willing to help anyone in need.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Brad Volk, Bismarck; a very special grandson, Blake Volk, Bismarck; three sisters-inlaw, Mary Stoppler, Linton, Helen Stoppler, Bismarck and Luella Bosch, Mobridge, S.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Walter Stoppler; his wife in 2008; one brother, Alex Bernhardt; one sister, Mary Lindquist; four half-brothers, Larry Stoppler, Frank Stoppler, Eugene Stoppler and Ludwig Stoppler; and four half-sisters, Marcella Lipp, Katie Heppner, Theresa Bosch and Julia Schwingler.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Linton with Fr. David Richter officiating. Organist was Catherine Unger. Song leaders were Diane Wangler and Bridget Bemis. Scripture readers were Nellie Keller and Wayne Stoppler. Gift bearers were Matty Heppner and Brinda Tipp. Mass servers were Jack Sannes and Bailey Hulm.
Musicwas“BeNotAfraid,” “On Eagles’ Wings,” “I Am the Bread of Life,” “Song of Farewell” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Casketbearers were Walter Lipp, Roger Bosch, Clyde Heppner, Rick Stoppler, Danny Stoppler and Donny Stoppler.
Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites provided by the LintonAmerican Legion.
Please visit www.myersfh.com to sign the online guestbook and share memories of Felix with his family.