Bernard Neiweem was born in Winnetka, IL in January, 1925 to Joseph and Mary Neiweem (nee Balmas). He worked the farm fields of Winnetka as a boy, captained the New Trier football team and won a Golden Gloves boxing championship. In 1943 at age 18 he enlisted in the US Marine Corps
quickly becoming a drill instructor at Camp Pendelton, California. As a member of the 5th Marine Division he landed with the first wave on Red Beach 1 at Iwo Jima and survived one of WWII
's most horrific iconic battles. He also served in Nagasaki, Japan with the US occupation forces. Following the war, Bern returned to marry Margaret (Peggie) Beck in 1947, and to raise a family that would ultimately comprise three sons, Bernard Michael, John Joseph, and Mark William and two daughters, Jane Ann and Peggy Jean. He trained to be an engineer in heating and air conditioning and, after a career with Standard Oil of Indiana, went on to start and grow his own business, Standard Heating and Cooling of Chicago, IL. He pursued his professional activities until retirement at age 67. Bern lived most of his adult life in LaGrange Park, IL and knew, literally, the entire neighborhood personally. Neighbors young and old would visit Peggie and him daily, and their Friday cocktail hours were a regular event for years, often drawing up to a dozen neighbors and friends. He was a force of nature, loved by family and friends; his step-granddaughter, Laura Moran, summed up the opinions of all who knew him, ¿he was simply the nicest man I ever met¿. His wife Peggie, his two daughters and two of his three sons, survive him. He also leaves behind two brothers, Robert and Donald; three daughters-in-law, Deby, Sally and Annette; a son-in-law Craig; four grandchildren, Jessica, Eric, Christopher and Mark; and two step-grandchildren, Laura and Aaron and great-grandson Charlie. Visitation will be from 2:00pm-8:00pm on Sunday December 9th at Johnson Funeral Home 3845-47 Prairie Ave., Brookfield, IL 60513. A memorial service and internment with military honors will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at a date to be determined. Memorial gifts should be sent to Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center 9469 West 55th St., Countryside, IL 60525. Semper Fi, Dad.