Merlin Bernard

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MINSTER — Merlin J. "Merle" Bernard, age 85, of Minster, Ohio, died at 1:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at his home.

He was born on May 30, 1929, in St. Henry, Ohio to the late George and Gertrude (Fischer) Bernard. He married Mary E. Gaier on Oct. 7, 1960 in Fort Loramie, Ohio. She survives in Minster.

He is also survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Marge, Vierra, Florida, Bill and Cheri, Minster, and Bob and Jeanne, West Lafayette, Indiana; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brother Stanley and Adelle Bernard & sister Mary & Leo Buehler.

He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster and the Orphan Society of the church. He was president and board member of the Minster Rescue Squad, the Shelby County Farm Bureau and the Lake Loramie Improvement Association.

He was also a member of the Loramie Watershed, Newport Sportsman's Club, New Bremen Rod & Gun Club, Arrowhead Golf Club, Minster TruPointe (Minster Farmer's Co-Op) Minster K of C, Minster F.O.E. 1391, Minster Athletic Boosters and the National Rifle Association.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster, with the Rev. Rick Neiberding celebrant. Burial will take place in St. Augustine Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice 230 West Main St. Coldwater, OH 45828.

Condolences may be made at

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Hogenkamp Sons, Inc.
Minster, OH 45865-1233
(419) 628-2341
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Published in Sidney Daily News from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2015