|Birth: ||Aug. 27, 1918|
|Death: ||Jun. 2, 2008|
Bernard Beryle Adler
Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home
YAKIMA - Bernard Beryle Adler, 89, of Yakima, died peacefully at home in the presence of his family on Monday, June 2, 2008.
He was born August 27, 1918 in Ipswich, South Dakota, the fifth of Anton and Anna (Hammrich) Adler's nine children. His early years were spent on the family farm, The Lone Tree Farm. At eighteen, his dad sewed a twenty dollar bill to the inside of his shirt, put him on a boxcar and sent him West to find a place where there were jobs for the family. Bernard ended up in Yakima when the apple harvest was in full production. The family soon followed.
Bernard married Thelma Foster in 1940 and they had six children. Thelma died in 1967. In 1971, Bernard and Betty (Wolfe) Nickerson were married and added Betty's two children to the Adler family.
At the beginning of WWII, Bernard worked on the Alcan Highway in the Yukon Territory. When that work was completed, he joined the Navy and served with the Seabees in Okinawa building airport landing strips.
Bernard retired from Weyerhaeuser Company as the Maintenance Supervisor in 1983 after thirty years of service. Bernard attributed getting his job with Weyerhaeuser to all the prayers he said for nine year old George Weyerhaeuser who was kidnapped in 1935. Fifteen other family members either work or have worked for Weyerhaeuser Company since Bernard started in 1952. Bernard was proud of his contribution to the Weyerhaeuser family.
When his boys were young, Bernard coached baseball and was involved with Scouts. After retirement, Bernard and Betty took many trips but their favorites were fishing and visiting their kids and grandkids.
Bernard was a builder and an inventor. He shared a patent for a Partition Assembler he built for the Yakima Weyerhaeuser Plant. He later built the same machine at a plant in Belgium and several other Weyerhaeuser plants.
He was a great proponent of recycling long before it became a household word. He used the slats from a warehouse door to build a fence for his back yard and he built the trailer used for many years for the Pennies from Heaven fundraiser at Holy Family Parish. He invented a lighting system for his daughters doll house and even once came up with a new recipe for ketchup. His wife drew the line when he wanted to cut up his Navy bell bottoms to make his daughter's school uniform. He was working on a gasless engine at the time of his death. If something didn't work, he fixed it or invented a replacement.
Bernard taught his family the importance of keeping God in their lives, of working hard and of playing a good game of cribbage. In addition to cribbage, he enjoyed playing TIC and pinochle with his kids and grandkids. He had great fun during his weekly TIC games with friends and his poker games with the "guys." Sometimes he even won a quarter or two!
Bernard was a long time member of Holy Family Catholic Church and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus for more than forty years. In earlier years, he belonged to the VFW, was an avid bowler and enjoyed fishing, golfing and watching the Mariners and Seahawks.
He is survived by his beloved wife Betty Adler of Yakima, a sister, Betty Stierwalt of Aberdeen, SD; daughters, Betty (Leon) Leadon of Surprise, AZ and Kathy (Scott) Nicholson of Cowiche, WA; sons, Steve (Judy) Adler of Rosemont, CA, Dan Adler of Yakima, Ken (Patti) Adler, of Visalia, CA, Rick (Vicki) Adler of Camas, WA and John (Dorine) Nickerson of Gresham, OR and a daughter-in-law, Rachel Adler of Yakima; twenty grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Thelma Adler and a son, David Adler.
Viewing will be Thursday and Friday, noon until 8:00 p.m. at Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home. Vigil service will be Friday, June 6, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday, June 7, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Chapel. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. To share a memory, visit www.mem.com.
The family is grateful for the loving and professional care given to Bernard by Memorial Hospice and Home Care staff the past two years. They are especially thankful for Cindy, Mary (his boss) and Kate. Memorials may be made to Memorial Hospice, c/o Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home. The family also appreciates the support of the staff at Englewood Heights, especially Linda and Margo.
Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Thelma B. Adler (1918 - 1967)*
Created by: Gare Kunert Allen
Record added: Jun 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27326789
He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen. Revelation 22:20-21|
Gare Kunert Allen
Added: Jun. 4, 2008