Bernard G. Reust

April 17, 1926February 16, 2014

Bernard “Bernie” George Reust, 87 of Huntington went to be with the Lord on February 16, 2014 at the University of Arizona Medical Center/Kino Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. He left school to serve his country in the Army and received the Bronze Star while serving in WWII in the Battle of the Bulge under General Patton. He was wounded in the Korean War and received a Purple Heart. He was a member of the SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church and was a former member of the Parish Council; he was a former member of the Saint Catherine Catholic Church in Columbia City. He owned and operated Schmidt Electric, Inc. of Fort Wayne. He was a 62 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 305 and was past president of the National Electrical Contractors Association and was a member of the American Legion Post 160 of Roanoke, and was a life member of the VFW. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed woodcarving and was a member of the Rincon Wood Carvers.

He was born on April 17, 1926 in Huntington, a son of Henry and Catherine Reust.

He was united in marriage to Ardella Ness on May 30, 1950 at Saint Catherine Catholic Church (Nix Settlement) in Columbia City. His wife survives.

Additional survivors include four sons: Anthony (Karen) Reust of Columbia City; Gerard (Teresa) Reust of Lagro; Ben (Tami) Reust of Roanoke; Andrew (Staci) Reust of Columbia City and two daughters: Mary Meerz of Fort Wayne and Sharon (Ken) Deetz of Huntington; 19 grandchildren: Brad Reust, Blake Reust, Stacey Gettys, Noah Gettys, Ryan Gettys, Brett Gettys, Jeff Zickgraf, Rene (Kate) Zickgraf, Brenten Reust, Richard Reust, Lindell Reust, Megan Reust, Adam Reust, Eric Reust, Ian Deetz, Kyle Deetz, Nathan Deetz, Dustin Reust, Damian Reust and a great granddaughter: Madison; 5 brothers: Tom (Peg) Reust of California; Mark (Phyllis) Reust of Huntington; Harold (Ellie) Reust of Yoder; Lee (Marilyn) Reust of Huntington; Dave (Mary) Reust of Huntington; and a sister: Kate Purdy of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by a daughter: Ann Gettys; 4 brothers: Ed Reust, Hank Reust, Paul Reust, William Reust and a sister: Alberta Hine.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 2:00 – 7:00pm with recitation of the rosary at 1:30pm at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Indiana.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:00am at the SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 840 Cherry Street, Huntington with Father Ron Rieder officiating.

Interment will take place at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made out to Donor's Choice of Charity in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.


  • Visitation Sunday, February 23, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 24, 2014

Bernard G. Reust

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Stacey Gettys

March 13, 2014

Madison and I love you and grandpa very much! We will miss him but won't forget the memories that were shared in my younger years and the visit that we got to share with the both of you after Madison was born! We love you!!

John Reust

February 24, 2014

So sad to hear of Uncle Bernie's passing. I'm sorry we were unable to make it to Huntington to pay our respects in person. We have many fond memories of you and Bernie and family reunions at the farm, and in earlier years all the fun times I had with Ben, Gerard and other cousins.
God Bless your family in the coming months.
John and Rita Reust - South Bend

Gary Bowman

February 24, 2014

My deepest condolences to Ardella and her family for their loss. I wish I would have gotten to know and talk with Bernie more than what I did. Many of the stories I've recently heard about his life are truly awe inspiring and a testament as to not only a great man but also an example for all as to the choices we make in life. He will be missed but never forgotten.

February 24, 2014

Thank you for your service to this country. My deepest condolences to all of the Reust Family during this time.

Niki Zickafoose

February 24, 2014

Thoughts and prayers to the Reust Family.

Kathleen Harris

February 24, 2014

Dear Ardella and family. I pray that God will lay his healing loving hands on all of you as you grieve the loss of Bernie. And I pray that Bernie will Rest inn Peace in the arms of his Sviro, Our Lord Jesus Christ. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

kort sell

February 23, 2014

To all the Reust family. We are sorry for your loss of Bernie. We will keep you in prayer. Kort and Sue Sell

Peggy Bray

February 23, 2014

Dear Ardella and the entire Reust Family, My memories of being a kid at your home on highway 9, were that mom and dad laughed all night from crazy talk, cards and ....well, whatever else you did in that kitchen! My deepest sympathy goes out to you as your heart aches and misses Bernie. My prayers are with you. Love, Peggy (Bauer) Bray

janet hurd

February 23, 2014


February 23, 2014

To all the Reust family. So sorry for your loss.
With sympathy. Larry Haupert