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 Bert Lewis Earls

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Bert Lewis Earls

Bert Lewis Earls, a retired school teacher, principal and veteran of World War II passed away Febuary 2nd, 2004. He was born and raised in Haileyville, Oklahoma. Bert's father was Walter Francis "Pappy" Earls, a railroad conductor, originally from Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Bert's mother was Mable Hummel, who was a telephone operator before she married, and was originally from Nevada, Missouri.

Bert went off to war at 18-years-old, and was first a clerk, and later trained and served as a medic, which is what he served most of his time in the war as. He had been trying to get in the war to help since he was 16-years-old. Due to error, he was listed as Missing In Action, and the notice was sent to his parents; his mother got so upset thinking he was dead, she had a Stroke and died. He didn't know she had passed away until he was sent home after being wounded during the war, while doing his duty as a medic.

Bert always felt guilty about his mother, and that he made it out; all of his friends he made in the war died. He mentioned having spent days at a time in fox holes trying to keep people alive, until it was safe to get them out to get treated.


In 1947, Bert married Dorothy Nadine "Nadine" Baldwin, of the neighboring community of Blanco.

In 1954, Bert, wife Nadine, and 4 children moved to Bucklin, Kansas, where he'd gotten a job in the local school as a teacher. Bert later became principal.

Bert retired several years later, only to start working again - after becoming bored - as an administrator at The Hilltop House nursing home in Bucklin. The same nursing home his wife worked at as a nurse aid.

Bert had an older sister and brother.

His brother, Walter Hummel "Little Walter" Earls, died of an infection that weakened his heart at the age of 11, in 1933.

Bert's sister was Frances Jennie Earls-Standerfer, who passed away at the age of 74, in 1990.

Bert was an avid fisherman, loved reading books, hunting, working in the garden, and feeding/watching birds.

For many years, he served on several boards in Bucklin, as well was member of several groups, such as the American Legion.

In 2003, "The Boothill Coffee Club" (Volume 1) was published, and his war stories were published in Chapter 26 of the book. Ernie, the author, collected these stories from veterans by going to coffee hour in little shops, and speaking with, and collecting stories and recollections from the veterans - he later published them. It came out one year before Bert passed away.

Bert Lewis Earls passed away due to Renal Failure; he had clogged arteries in his heart, and his lungs were greatly weakend and needed an oxygen machine the last two years. The low functioning of his heart and lungs stressed his renal function, and it failed. He started dialysis, but started having heart attacks and couldn't make it through surgery. He was then too sick to continue treatment, and he passed away a few days after he stopped dialysis. He passed away at Presbyterian Manor of The Plains, on Feb. 2nd, 2004. He was 79-years-old.


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  • Created by: Carolyn
  • Added: 17 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 95493041
  • Carolyn
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bert Lewis Earls (17 Jan 1925–2 Feb 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 95493041, citing Bucklin Cemetery, Bucklin, Ford County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Carolyn (contributor 47869434) .