Bernard LeBar (1928 - 2017)

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Bernard E. LeBar, 89, passed away peacefully at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, on Nov. 29, 2017. A Graveside Service will be held at Anchorage Memorial Park on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Bernard was born on March 16, 1928, in East Stroudsburg, Pa., where he also graduated from high school. He served in the United States Air Force for 23 years. He played the drums in the Air Force Band. After his retirement, in 1971, he continued his career as a musician playing behind bands like Gomer from the Andy Griffith Show, Sammy Davis Jr. and The Ink Spots. His family said: "He could make those drum skins dance with his skill."
He first came to Alaska with his family when he transferred here by the Air Force in 1960. They were transferred again in 1964. After his retirement in 1971, the family returned to Alaska, where he lived until his passing.
Bernard was affiliated with the Moose Lodge, American Legion Post 1 and the VFW.
His interests included big band music, hunting, fishing and western movies. And most importantly, the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Ruth LeBar.
His family said: "He was the best damn drummer you ever heard. He will be missed by all who loved him."
Bernard was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth LeBar; and parents, Elwood and Leone LeBar; and sister, Rosely Zorochin. He is survived by his sons, Scott of Alaska, and Chris (Evie) of Ohio; grandchildren, Laura Lynn of Alabama, Jason of California, and Erin and Cheryl of North Carolina; and great-grandchildren, Parker and Preston of Alabama, and Maddox and Cody of California.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation in Bernard's name.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 17, 2017