Bernard "Bernie" Bookmyer, of Saginaw, Mich., passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at his home after a 23-year courageous struggle with six bouts of cancer.
He was born July 23, 1927, on the family farm in McCutchenville, to Joseph A. and Minnie Bookmyer. He married Marilyn (Geib) Bookmyer who passed away March 7, 1999.
He is survived by his sister, Beatrice; his children and their spouses, Carole and Charles Miller, Sandra Bookmyer, Catherine and Julia Bookmyer, Jeff and Joe Bookmyer, Brian Bookmyer, Elizabeth Bookmyer, Bradley and Jacqueline Bookmyer, Margaret and Gary Martin, Michael Bookmyer, Douglas and Alison Bookmyer; his grandchildren, Theresa Sproull, Stephanie and Christopher Wren, Ashley and Aaron Bookmyer, Nathan, Adam and Samuel Bookmyer, Melody and Keith Bennett, Shawnna and Joshua Wilcoxson; and great-grandchildren, Ava Sproull, Luke and Josie Bennett.
He also was preceded in death by seven siblings, Arlene, Mildred, Rolland, Marcella, Jean, Joseph Jr., and Joan; a son-in-law, Scott Sproull; and two grandchildren, Lauren Bookmyer and Darrell Wilcoxson Jr.
After serving in the Navy, Bernard entered the wholesale hardware field at George Worthington Company, Cleveland ,and moved to Saginaw to work for several national distributors including Jennison Hardware, Bay City. He retired from John Rauschenberger Company, Milwaukee, Wis., the last remaining natural fiber rope manufacturer in the U.S.A.
He was a member of the American Legion and a 50-year member of the Y.M.C.A., where he taught all of the children to swim and dearly loved playing racquetball, even into his late 70s. He loved dinners and parties with his family. He also was an avid reader of books and newspapers, believing that the written word is more eloquent and powerful than any other source.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of SouthernCare Inc. for all the wonderful care they provided to Bernard.
Bernard's funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd., Saginaw, MI 48603, (989) 799-1151. Pastor Jerry Larkin will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Andrew Cemetery, Saginaw.
Friends are welcome to visit with the family from 2-8 p.m. today, Oct. 18, and from 10 a.m. until the time of his funeral Friday, both at the funeral home.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Eastside Soup Kitchen of Saginaw.
Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.