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Walk-through visitation

Thursday October 1st, 2020
3:00pm - 6:00pm

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Earl W. Bernard

Earl W. Bernard, 51 of Grand Ridge passed away Thursday September 24, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

A walk thru visitation will be held Thursday from 3 – 6 PM at the Grand Ridge Funeral Home with social distancing being followed and mask required while attending.  Private family services will be held Friday with burial to follow in the Grand Ridge Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be; Tim and Paul Durdan, Greg Durdan, Dan Lukach, Bruce and David Gage.  Honorary pallbearers will be; Gary Schobert, Gus Rinker, Bob Durdan, Gary Naughton, Kevin Naughton, Billy Boyd , Ed Lesage, Scott Perkins and Phil, Victor and Jesse Scudder.

Earl was born on July 28, 1969 in Streator to Walter and Sally (Keller) Bernard.

Surviving are sons; Joseph and Joshua Bernard of Ashkum, his parents Walter and Sally of Grand Ridge, brother Kenneth (Melissa) Bernard of Grand Ridge, nephew James Bernard of Grand Ridge, niece Emily Bernard of Grand Ridge and several cousins and aunts and uncles.

Earl graduated from Grand Ridge Grade School and Ottawa High School in 1987 and graduated from Joliet Junior College with an Associates in Agriculture Business in 1989.  He farmed alongside his Father, Brother and Nephew in the Grand Ridge area and was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, the LaSalle County Farm Bureau, and the Farm Ridge Township Planning Commission Land Use Committee.  Earl enjoyed watching his sons show sheep and performing for the Madrigals.  Earl was an active 4-H and FFA member showing cattle.  He was instrumental in getting his nephew and niece involved in the Hereford Cattle Business.

Memorials may be made to the Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department or his son’s educational fund.

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Words cant express the sorrow that myself and my family feel at this time.
Earl was truly an awesome man and friend.
I can only hope that he is in heaven telling stories with Ron and Veretta!
As for the boys, they are 2 polite young men that have an Angel always looking out for them and Ken, he will be riding with you in the tractor everyday!
Walt and Sally, you should be proud of the wonderful man that he became.

Love you all!
Jesse and Marcia

Marcia Scudder Oct 1 2020 12:00 AM

I met Earl during a very difficult time in his life, my situation wasn't the best either. He became one one my very best friends for a few years. Earl is a very caring and compassionate friend. He loved his boys more than anything. His boys were his life. I will always be grateful for my time with him. Such an amazing person! Prayers to all of his family. I love u my friend Earl until we meet again. Enjoy paradise in heaven

Angi Sedlock Sep 29 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Earl Bernard

Charlotte McGrath Sep 29 2020 12:00 AM

Earl was an usher in our wedding 26 years ago! He was a great guy and friend! We are sorry to hear he passed. Praying for your comfort. May he Rest In Peace.

Mark and Denise Asbrand Sep 28 2020 12:00 AM



T&S QUICK ENTERPRISES Sep 28 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Earls passing I worked with Earl and enjoyed a lot of good times with him and will always remember a very happy and up beat friend. He will be missed. Praying for the family

Ken and Teresa Duffin Sep 28 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear this. He was such a genuinely nice guy that I worked with. Gone too soon!

Jack & Marilyn Toepper Sep 28 2020 12:00 AM