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Col. Bernard (Barney) Pusin, U. S. Air Force (ret.), born June 29, 1916, passed away peacefully Friday, April 11, 2014. Barney was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up there after spending his early years in Powers Lake, North Dakota, and a short time in Long Beach, California. He thoroughly enjoyed his military career with the Air Weather Service, where he served as Commander, before retiring in Austin, TX, in 1974. He also served in Korea and such exotic locations as Kapingamarangi, Micronesia, and Enewetak, Pacific Ocean. He moved to San Antonio 4 years ago, settling in at Air Force Village, where he and Elinor benefitted from tremendous services and care. Retirement has been well spent with family and travel, and spiritual time within the Jewish communities. Both in service to his country and as a family man, he was a "true hero" who will be celebrated and kept alive in our memories. Barney recently lost his wife, Elinor, with whom he shared the past 21 years. He was preceded in death by his previous wife, Brita, his son Steven, brother, Herman Pusin, and sister, Minn Sidley. Barney is survived by his daughter, Barbara (John) DeLoach; Elinor's daughter Linda (Lew) Barnett; Elinor's son, Steven Golding and grandson, David Golding; Barney's nephews and niece, Norman (Carol) Sidley, Michael (Sharon) Pusin, and Marla (Merle) Levitt; and other beloved friends and relatives. There will be a Graveside Service at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either Congregation Beth Am, P.O. Box 780304, San Antonio, TX, 78278-0304, or Congregation Beth El, 8902 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX, 78759.
Published in Express-News on Apr. 14, 2014