Bernard J. Hemmelgarn, 97

Bernard J. Hemmelgarn, 97, formerly of East Sixth St., Minster, died on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Elmwood Assisted Living in New Bremen.  

He was born on Jan. 16, 1917, in Cranberry Prairie, to the late Charles and Philomena (Goettemoeller) Hemmelgarn.

He married Alvina M. Overman on June 17, 1939, at St. John Catholic Church, Maria Stein.  

She preceded him in death on June 20, 2009.  

He is survived by children Carol and Jim Opperman of New Bremen; Marlene and Larry Prenger of Minster; Ronald and Diane Hemmelgarn Villa Ridge, Mo.; Dennis “Duff” Hemmelgarn of Minster and Paulette (Babe) Hemmelgarn, of Elmwood, New Bremen; 16 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by sisters Olive Huwer, Katherine Budde, Cecelia Albers and Sister Lelia Hemmelgarn, brothers Paul, Albert and Justin and one grandchild.

He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster, St. Augustine Men’s Choir for over 40 years, F.O.E. 1391 Minster, Minster Athletic Boosters and Booster of the Year. He was a life member of the Minster Civic Association and Citizen of the Year in 1989.

He volunteered in the construction of Minster Memorial Stadium, was an avid sports fan and enjoyed fishing.

He retired as owner and operator on the Mobile Service Station Minster and as a realtor for Red Kuck Realty.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minster, the Rev. Rick Nieberding officiating.

Burial will take place in St. Augustine Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Minster Athletic Boosters and the Elmwood Activity Fund.

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