Bernard "Bernie" A Desrosier

January 8, 1936January 15, 2018
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Bernard "Bernie" A. Desrosier, age 82, of Arlington, WA, passed away January 15, 2018, with his family by his side, after a rapid progression and courageous battle with colon and liver cancer. Bernie was born on January 8, 1936, in Crookston, MN, to his parents, Wilfred Desrosier and Roselle (Morinville) Desrosier and lived on the beloved family farm until age of 12, when the family relocated to Seattle, WA. Bernie attended O'Dea High School in Seattle and graduated from Ballard High School in Ballard, WA in 1954. He also proudly served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for 8 years. On July 6th, 1956, Bernie married the love of his life, Nancy K. Rose, and they spent the next few decades raising their four children. During that time, Bernie also managed several gas stations, while also working nights as Kirkland (Houghton) police officer. In the early 1970's, Bernie franchised and successfully ran his own Exxon gas station in Lynnwood, WA In 1979, Bernie bought his first 18-wheeler semi-truck and began long haul trucking-a career he would love and continue to do over the next 24 years, before retiring in 2003 from Gordon Trucking, with a million miles of trucking under his belt. In retirement, Bernie enjoyed watching sports (especially his beloved Seattle Seahawks and Mariners), doing handyman work in and around the house (i.e. cleaning the gutters, yard work, etc.), and sneaking sweet treats. But, of all the things enjoyed, his favorite lifelong pastime was reading the daily newspaper from cover to cover. He also had quite the sense of humor and loved to play practical jokes on his family on a regular basis. Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Nancy Desrosier, sons Steve (Debbie) Desrosier and Brad Desrosier; daughters Nancy Jo(Loren) Smedberg and Wendy (Rich) Williamson; grandchildren Juliana Smedberg, Katie (Gary) Kloster, Sarah Desrosier, Jeffery Desrosier and Kae-Leah Williamson; great grandchildren Brandon Markley; sister Lucy Schauble, his twin Bernadette Cusack, Madelyn (Gus)Churlin-Lehman, and Loretta (Ray) Brewer; brother Ted (Ginger) Desrosier; and many many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Bernie was proceeded in death by his parents, Wilfred and Roselle, his brothers, Wilbur and Jerry, and his sister, Diana. Our family would like to thank all the staff at Arlington Health and Rehabilitation and the hospice organization for loving care of Bernie during his stay with them. Our family would also like to thank our extended family, Laura, Lorenzo, Terrell, and Tiara Broomer for their many years of love, care, and concern for Bernie and Nancy. Bernie "Daddy" will be deeply missed by all of the family and friends who had the pleasure of knowing and spending time with him over his 82 years of life. A Celebration of Life service and gathering of friends and family will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at Weller Funeral Home, 327 N. MacLeod Ave, Arlington, WA 98223. with a reception to immediately follow. We welcome all family and friends to this gathering. Keep on Trucking Dad!! We love and miss you so much.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 24, 2018

Bernard "Bernie" A Desrosier

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February 12, 2018

Love, LaDonna

Debbe Hopper

February 3, 2018

Dear Auntie Nancy & Cousins,
I will always remember how Uncle Bernie always greeted me with a big smile & loving hugs! Growing up our family enjoyed spending time with Uncle Bernie, Auntie Nancy, cousins Steve, Brad, Nancy Jo & Wendy. I have so many fun memories of our times together.
We have all been blessed to have this wonderful man in our lives!

My love & hugs, Debbe (niece & cousin)

January 25, 2018

Dear Nancy and family
I am so sorry for the loss of Bernard, your Husband and Father a great family man. Bernard was always a super brother to me. Love Him so much. We will all miss him dearly. Alway's in my prayers for Bernard, You Nancy, His wonderful Children and Grandchildren. Love You Madelyn