Bernard Reiland
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BERNARD F. REILAND, 82 ROCKFORD - Bernard F. Reiland, 82, of Rockford passed away peacefully at 11 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2008, in Provena Saint Anne Center. Born Sept. 20, 1925, in Rockford, the son of John and Helen (Oakley) Reiland. Married Patricia A. Farrell on Feb. 7, 1948, in Rockford; she died June 3, 2005. Bernard graduated from St. Thomas High School in 1943, attended Chicago Tech College and University of Illinois with major studies in engineering. He was the assistant chief engineer with the fastener division of National Lock where he was employed for 20 years. He joined Camcar - Textron in 1963, where he was director of research and patents, before retiring in 1988. He was the inventor of the patented Torx Drive System and became known as "Mr. Torx" worldwide. A recipient of the Soaring Eagle Roy P. Trowbridge Technology Award from the International Fastener Institute on March 18, 2008, in recognition of lifelong contributions in technological advancement in the fastener industry, in particular the Torx Drive System. He volunteered and was a past president of the Center for Sight and Hearing Impaired, past chairman of SME and was actively involved in the Rockford Catholic Charities. Past member of Forest Hills Country Club and an avid golfer. Survivors include children, Rick (Barb) Reiland of South Beloit, Mary (Bud) Harezlak of Rockford, Andy (Stephanie) Reiland of Waukesha, Wis., Jo Anne (Mike) Walsh of Chicago, Matt (Lisa) Reiland of St. Charles; grandchildren, Christie (Brad) Gummow, Patrick Reiland, Dan (Christine) Harezlak, David Harezlak, Melissa, A.J. and Tyler Reiland, Keli, Mandy and Dylan Walsh and Michael and Allison Reiland; great-granddaughters, Natalie and Audrey Gummow; brother, Bill (Caroline) Reiland; brothers-in-law, Bill Osborne and Bob Burns; sisters-in-law, Nancy Reiland and Judy Farrell-Booth; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents; brother, Jack; and sister, Rose. Special thanks to the staff's of St. Anne Center, Swedish-American Hospital and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, in Holy Family Catholic Church, with visitation from 9 to 10:15 a.m.; Father Andrew Hougan will officiate. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Delehanty Funeral Home Ltd., 401 River Lane, Loves Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to March of Dimes for their assistance with Bernie's two great-grandchildren, Audrey and Natalie. For more information, visit

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Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 8 to Apr. 14, 2008.
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April 11, 2008

I was so sorry to read about the loss of your father. Please accept my condolences. Its been a long time since Mark D., Ken C. , and I got together at your house on Roncevales. My prayers to you and your family.
Steve Blomgren
April 11, 2008
My sympathies to everyone in the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Uncle Bern's niece, Suzanne Ramos ( Reiland )
Suzanne Ramos
April 11, 2008
We thought the world of Bernie and wife Pat - our helpful, kind neighbors for many years across the 'road'. We are saddened to hear the news. Please know our hearts and thoughts are with you. Kris and John Gore
Kris Gore
April 10, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences and prayers.
Jenepher (Farrell) Vang
April 9, 2008
April 9, 2008

My condolences for your loss. Lets go swimming at the club.

Michael LaLoggia
Michael LaLoggia
April 9, 2008
To the Reiland family, my thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your father. I am so sorry to hear of his passing away. I will always remember Uncle Bernie as being kind hearted and a bit awe inspiring. My deepest sympathies to you all.
Kathleen Fry (Farrell)
April 9, 2008
I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. God Bless Bernard and the entire Reiland Family.
Greg Gruber
April 9, 2008
My sincere sympathy to the family of my cousin Bernard. When I see the many members of his family I realize how many cousins I have never met but have fond memories of holidays spent with my Reiland cousins.
Regina Oakley-McNeany
April 9, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Dave & Liz Freese
April 9, 2008
To Rick & All of the Reiland Family-

Our Prayers and Condolences for the loss of your Father. We had not the pleasure of knowing him, but what a wonderfully accomplished man!

Sincerely, Jim & Peggy Zant
James (Jim) Zant
April 9, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bernie. I worked for Bernie back in the mid-sixties at Camcar and he was a true mentor to me. I will have many fond memories of him and my success today is in, a great part to him.
Gary Pippel
April 9, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Reiland family..
Herman & Equilla Stone
April 8, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Brian Einig
April 8, 2008
We are saddened by your loss.
Your in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless !
Louis Bertenshaw
April 8, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. We have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know your father... What a wonderful, beautiful man!!!
Please let us know if we can be of any help to you during this difficult time.
Denise Smerz
April 8, 2008
Sad to hear of Bernie's passing - I knew him from the Camcar-Textron days. He certainly made an incredible contribution to the entire fastener industry world-wide. Our sympathy and prayers to his family.
Bob and Dorothy Ross
April 8, 2008
I am sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.
Sandra Lindvall
April 8, 2008
To the Reiland Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Best wishes and prayers your family.
Anne (Burns) Ford
April 8, 2008
I was very sorry to hear about your loss. My prayer are with you and your family.
Janet Stephens
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