5:30-7:30 P.M. Thursday, October 20 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
10-11:00 A.M. Friday, October 21 at Olivet Lutheran Church, Fargo.
7:30 P.M. Thursday, October 20 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
11:00 A.M. Friday, October 21 at Olivet Lutheran Church, Fargo.
Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Bernie was born March 14, 1941, to Elmer and Leona (Paczkowski) Backer in Courtenay, North Dakota. Bernie attended school in Courtenay, graduating in 1959. Bernie enlisted in the Army on Nov 8, 1960. He was stationed at Fort Ord in California. He was honorably discharged on August 8, 1962.
After his discharge, Bernie moved back to North Dakota where he worked various Construction Jobs. He met and married Teresa Mehlhoff on June 11, 1966 in Courtenay, North Dakota. He joined T.F. Powers Construction Company, Fargo in 1968. While at T.F. Powers, Bernie worked as a Carpenter and later as a Construction Superintendent. This position took him to large jobs in several states including North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska and Minnesota. He retired in December of 2004. He came out of retirement for a short while to build The Lodge on Lake Detroit, Detroit Lakes, with Richard Burns & Associates, Fargo.
While in the service, Bernie worked as a cook, a passion he carried with him throughout his life. Bernie’s true passion was working with wood as a master craftsman. He precisely replicated furniture from just a picture. He loved the outdoors, nature and gardening. He was proud to show his manicured lawn and garden to his friends and family.
Bernie is survived by his wife of 45 years, Teresa, Fargo ND, children, Kristi (Chris) Backer-Palmer, Minneapolis, MN, Steffi (Dusty) Neiman, Durango, CO, two cherished granddaughters, Adde Jo and Ryne, brothers, Ben (Sharla) Backer, Castle Rock, CO, Kenny Backer, Courtenay, ND, Dale (Sue) Backer, Courtenay, ND, Eldie (Deb) Backer, Jamestown, ND, sisters, Diane (Roger) Hoggarth, Bismarck, ND and Glenda Backer, St. Paul, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Bev Velure.
Bernie’s family would like to thank Dr. Preston Steen and the staff of the Roger Maris Cancer Center, Bernie’s Hospice Team and staff at Sheyenne Crossings Care Center, West Fargo for the wonderful care he received.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Roger Maris Cancer Center and/or Hospice of the Red River Valley.