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Bernard Parley Van Wagenen, 96, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at his home.
Bernard was born June 11, 1919 in Provo, Utah, the son of Parley Leamon Van Wagenen and LaVerna Gunellia Tucker.
He attended first grade in Provo, Utah; second and third grade in Salt Lake City, Utah; fourth grade in Pocatello, Idaho; fifth grade through high school in Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated from Lincoln High School as a member of the National Honor Society. He attended the University of Nevada for two years, taking pre-med courses.
He then received his call to enter pilot training in the United States Army Air Corps on Dec. 6, 1941, just one day before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After pilot training, he spent five years on active duty in World War II and five years in the United States Army Air Corps Reserve.
He finished his education at the University of Nevada in Reno, receiving  degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. He also received additional training at the University of Utah, having teaching certificates in both math and history.
On April 21, 1972  Bernard married Diane Clark in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were later sealed in the Boise, Idaho LDS Temple. He had two previous marriages to Marie Evelyn Hursh and Mary Patricia Young.
Bernard was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many positions in both ward and stake responsibilities. He served a a guide on Temple Square for five years and as a bishop for seven years. He also served several missions with his wife, including president of the first missionary training center in Manila, Philippines; the China Hong Kong Mission; Montana Billings Mission; Boise Temple tour guides; Boise Family History Center; Boise Idaho Temple and several stake missions. He served in many other church and civic responsibilities in leadership capacities.
He worked as a mechanical engineer for Carrier Distribution in Salt Lake City, Utah and as a real estate broker in Boise, Idaho.
Bernard is survived by his wife, Diane, of Idaho Falls; his children from former marriages, Jeannine (David) Funk of Reno, Nevada; Catherine (Brian) Zarkou of Boise, Idaho; Bradford Bernard Van Wagenen of San Francisco, California; Sharalin (Troy) Christensen of Logan, Utah; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Parley Leamon Van Wagenen; mother, LaVerna Gunellia Tucker; sister, Helen (Earl LeRoy) Walker; and brother, Richard Frank Van Wagenen.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Taylor Mountain LDS Stake Center, 206 Castlerock Lane in Idaho Falls. Family will meet with friends and relatives for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at the Provo City Cemetery in Utah. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Oct. 20, 2015
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