Herbert A. Bernard

April 18, 1918October 15, 2013

Herbert A. Bernard, U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel (Ret) passed away October 15th at age 95, after “Fighting His Final Battle”. Born April 18, 1918 in Attleboro, MA he was the youngest of six children. After graduating from High School, he moved to Hartford, CT and worked as Head Bookkeeper for a large lumber company.

In 1942 he enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program. After graduation from Officers Candidate School, Herbert served his country bravely as a Navigator and Bombardier on B-17s flying over Germany in WWII. He also flew on B-29s during the Korean Conflict and served as an Intelligence Officer during the Vietnam War.

He was a long time member of The Community Chapel of Melbourne Beach and a proud member of MOAA (Military Officers Association of America).

Herb is survived by Celesta, his beloved wife of 43 years, as well as his daughters; Susan Ricker, Barbara West (Ron) and Robyn Raustad. Also grandchildren; John Ricker (Rebecca), Daniel Ricker (Agi), and Shannon Raustad as well as great grandsons Cullen and Cody Ricker.

Celesta and Herb enjoyed travelling and being with family - and – of course – Herb enjoyed his golf.

He was a warm and caring family man and will be missed by them and everyone who knew him.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 19th 2013, from 2:30pm – 3:30pm at the Life Event Center at Florida Memorial (5950 South US Highway 1, Rockledge, Florida 32955), followed by the funeral service at 3:30pm. An Entombment with full Military Honors will follow the funeral service, at Florida Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the MOAA Scholarship Fund: (MOACC, P.O. Box 254708, PAFB, FL 32925-4708)


  • Visitation Saturday, October 19, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 19, 2013

Herbert A. Bernard

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October 21, 2013

With deepest sympathy to the Bernard family during your time of grief. May the Hearer of Prayer (Psalm 83:18) give you strength, courage and peace in your time of sorrow (Psalm 65:2). And may you always cherish the wonderful memories of time spent with him.