Kenneth C Bernhard

October 4, 1938April 16, 2011

Copperas Cove –Funeral services with full military honors for Kenneth C. Bernhard, 72, of Kempner will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Chapel in Copperas Cove. The family will have a time of visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the service. Father Jim Robertson will officiate.

Inurnment will be at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at a later date. He passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011 at his home in Kempner.

Kenneth Carl Bernhard was born October 4, 1938 in Cheektowaga, New York.

He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Among the awards he received were the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Bronze Star Medal; MTR Vehicle Driver Badge; American Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal Clasp, Bronze 5 Loops; Vietnam Service medal w/1 Silver Service Star; and Army Commendation Medal. While in the service, he ran several clubs in Vietnam. After retirement from the Military he owned several businesses including, Skateworld and The Bird Cage. He also retired from Civil Service.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Copperas Cove.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy L. Bernhard of Kempner; two sons, Buddy Trist of Lampasas and Pat Bernhard of Kempner; two daughters, Darlene Covin and Patricia Andrews, both of Kempner; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.and long best friends Jerry and Penny Rivers.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

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  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 19, 2011
  • Visitation Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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Becky Stirnkorb

April 19, 2011

Mr. Bernhard will always have a special place in our family's hearts. He was my father's closest friend throughout the years. He will truly be missed. Mass will not be the same without him sitting next to us. Although I am sad to see him go, I am glad he is not suffering or in pain any more. God bless him and comfort Nancy, Buddy, Darlene, Pat and Trish.

Jeri Lynn Rivers Kreier

April 19, 2011

You will be dearly missed. You have been apart of our family for longer than I have been around. You have been such a great friend to my father. I thank you for that. To all the memories of canasta playing and all the shoptalk of cars. Dad has told me some interesting stories about you and him in the shop working on cars. My love and sympathy goes out to Nancy and all of your family.

Al & Liz Morris

April 19, 2011

Mrs. Bernhard, we're sorry for your loss. Ken and I go back to the '70's., as co-workers and friends in the 62d Engineer Unit. We had Good times and lots of Laughs. May the thoughts of sympathy help to ease your pain during this time.

David Trueblood

April 18, 2011

If I was to choose one of my favorite bosses it would be Ken. He was always there for personal stuff not in regards to work. What a guy...
Dave T.