Kenneth R. Bernier

kenneth r. bernier
Ken Bernier, 76 of Fargo, ND died October 2, 2019 at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND. Ken was born on May 28, 1943 in Fargo, ND to Robert and Marcella Bernier of St. Benedict, ND. Ken was the eighth of 11 children. He was always happy that his parents did not name him Henry the Eighth. Ken grew up in the village of St. Benedict and attended St. Joseph School for 12 years, graduating from high school in 1961. He joined the US Navy after graduation. He served aboard the USS Harlan R. Dickson and the USS John Paul Jones as a Fire Control Technician.  His ship the John Paul Jones was involved in the blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He served from 1961 – 1964. Ken started his career with NCR Corporation in 1964 as a Field Engineer and retiring in 2000 after 34 years. Ken married Patty Schmidt on November 28, 1964 at St. Benedict Church, Wild Rice, ND They had five children, 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Ken joined his brother Gene’s Country Band in 1964 along with another brother Clarence. He played guitar and sang.  The Rustlers Band played in the Fargo and surrounding area for many years. Ken also played horseshoe and fast pitch softball in Fargo and Wild Rice. Ken was a member of St. Benedict Church and a member of the American Legion. Ken was known for his quick wit and sense of humor and his awesome singing voice. He is survived by his wife Patty of 54 years, Fargo, ND; his children, Dan (Nora) Bernier, Maple Grove, MN, Tom Bernier, Fargo, ND,  Marcy Bernier, Denver, CO,  Mike (Wendy) Bernier, Horace, ND; grandchildren, Abby Hammes, Josh, Jake (Miranda) Bernier and Jenna Bernier, Erika, Morgan, Zoey and JorJee Corbitt, Max and Sam Bernier; and great-granddaughter Maisie Bernier; sisters, Margaret Pronovost and Ione Marie Parsons; brothers, Clarence (Diane) Bernier and Steve Bernier; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Renee Ann Bernier; and daughter-in-law, Cassi Bernier; brothers, Gene Bernier and Jerry Bernier; and sisters, Lorraine Trottier, Ilene Zahn, Yvonne Olson and Dolores Fisher. There will be a visitation from 6-7:00 PM with a prayer service following at 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. The funeral Mass will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 7, 2019 at St. Bendict’s Catholic Church, Wild Rice, ND with a visitation one hour prior.

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  1. Sending love & prayers to the family.
    Such a big loss. You have our sympathy and condolences. 🙏

    Kati & Dan Trottier.

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. Our heart breaks for you and the double loss the family is experiencing. Love and prayers for you Ron and Sherry Trottier

  3. Our hearts ache for your losses. We are sending our love and prayers to all of you. Kenny was a special man with a special family. Love from Montana. Dan Kathi Dani and Brad Tiefenthaler

  4. You Berniers are such a good family and Ken was such a wonderful man. I loved the time I spent with him. May you find peace and comfort in the days to come.
    Love, Pete

  5. Very sorry for your loss. Enjoyed many years of playing cards and horseshoes. Will miss his laugh and wit.

    Sincerely Jerry and Sue Black

  6. Our hearts are broken for the loss of a very special uncle and father. Our prayers go out to his whole family. May God bless you all during this time of sorrow. We love you all so much!
    Ilene and Jeff Morosetti.

  7. Deeply saddened by the death of Kenneth Bernier. Dale & I always enjoyed our all to rare visits with his cousin Ken and wife Patti. He will be greatly missed for sure. Deepest sympathy to all of his family. Special hugs to Patti who lost a life partner and friend and love and whose daily life has been suddenly and completely changed going forward. After 54 years of such a special relationship it is not easy to move forward alone. May God Bless Patti and all of her family. Diane & Dale.

  8. I am so sorry for the loss of Kenny. He was such a great person. I will miss his jokes and his wonderful singing voice. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  9. We are deeply sorry for the loss the Bernier family is experiencing.
    I and Margie became friends with Marcy in Watertown. Also, I knew Ken because he serviced equipment in the store where we worked. He was always a pleasure to be around.
    We had a wedding anniversary this week and we commented on the beautiful sign Marcy made for our wedding. What a talented and fun-loving family!

  10. Dear Uncle Kenny. You were loved by all. May you rest in peace. Aunt Patty words cannot express our sorrow. Thoughts and prays for you and family and friends.

  11. Our sincere sympathy to Patty and all of Kens family.
    We had the opportunity to meet Ken on a few occasions and it was a pleasure to know him.

    Our prayers are with Patty and her family during this difficult time.

    Charlie and Kathy Hanish

  12. Dear Patty and family. So sorry to read about Ken’s passing. We remember all the fun times we had when we both worked for NCR in Bismarck as well as the fun we had when Kenny and I were in Dayton at the same time.
    You are in our prayers as we share your grief.
    Will and Alberta Pfennig

  13. Sharon and I send our condolences to you and your family. You are “enduring the unendurable.” We will miss Ken, but will remember him as one of the very best men that ever lived.
    So sad for you and the family.

  14. Patty and family,
    So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Ken while we both worked for NCR. We remember being in Fargo and going out for a fun evening of entertainment by The Rustlers Band. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Chuck and Judy Ortlip

  15. Patty and family, My heart aches for you. This was such a shock to get on Facebook and read this. Patty, you and Ken have been in our lives most of our married life. We haven’t seen each other a lot over the years but when we did, the time was so special. It brought back all our memories from Hartford, Connecticut when our Connie was tw seeo and your Danny was a baby. Those are times we have never forgotten. I have thought about you and Ken a lot recently, mostly thinking that we have to find a destination to meet at again. Our sincere sympathy is extended to you and blessings and peace to all of you. Bob and Sharon Roshak

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