Cabiness, Bernard C., 83, of Rochester, IN and Pompano Beach, FL, formerly of Logansport, died Friday, August 20, 2004 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was born July 22, 1921 in Cass County, IN, son of George and Ruth Conrad Cabiness. He married Mary Jane (Burk) May 21, 1939 in Young America. She survives. He was a member of the Calvary Presbyterian Church, Veterans of Foreign War Post 3790, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Tipton Masonic Lodge in Logansport, Elks Lodge No. 66, and the Fort Wayne Valley of Scottish Rite. He loved to fish at his home on the lake, as well as deep sea fishing. Most of all, he loved to spend time with his family. He graduated from Young America High School in 1939 and the Joseph Bulova Watchmaking School in 1946. He served in the US Army during WW II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He suffered a spinal injury on February 6, 1945 in Rhineland, Germany, which left him paralyzed for nearly 60 years. He earned a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He was a watchmaker, repairing watches and making custom jewelry for Cabiness Jewelry. He was the recipient of the Meritus Service Award, presented by the Indiana Watchmakers Association. Also surviving are two daughters, Sue Casalini, and her husband, Joe, of Logansport, IN, and Jean Ann Carr of Philadelphia, PA; one sister, Virginia Moore of Logansport, IN; , four grandchildren, Curt Carr, Indianapolis, IN; Catherine Curtis, Fontana, CA; Elizabeth Loposser, Logansport, IN; Michael Casalini, Pittsburg, PA; and nine great grandchildren. Friends will be received at the Fisher Funeral Chapel, from 4 to 8 PM, Wednesday, August 25, 2004, where Masonic services will be conducted at 7:30 PM. Services will be 11:00 am Thursday, August 26, 2004, at FISHER FUNERAL CHAPEL, with Rev. Doug Mankell officiating. Burial, with full military rites, will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of Florida, 3799 N. Andrews Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Aug. 25, 2004.