Derl Bernard, 80, of Sweet Springs, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at I-70 Medical Center in Sweet Springs.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008, at First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs, with Rev. David Goode and Rev. Jim West officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or charity of donor's choice in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Friends may sign an online guest book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Aug. 1, 1927, in Quincy, he was the son of the late Harley Lowell Bernard and Fern Wood Bernard. On Nov. 3, 1949, he married Euladeen Boren, who survives of the home. He had lived in Sweet Springs since 1953, moving from Osceola, and was owner and operator of Bernard Lumber Co. in Sweet Springs. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs. He had served as an alderman for eight terms, starting in 1959, served as mayor of Sweet Springs for three terms and served as associate judge in the county court. He was a member of Lumberman's Association, president of Sappington Fund in Marshall, was a member of Saline County Republican Committee, served as president of Weaubleau Alumni Association and was a board member of I-70 Medical Center board. He coached Little League for many years and Pony League for two years, and supported all athletic sports from coaching to working football games for 30 years.
Additional survivors include three sons, Bob Bernard and Alan Bernard, both of Sweet Springs, and Kevin Bernard of Sedalia; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Becky Bernard.