Bernhard John "Bernie" Urban

OBITUARY - Bernhard John "Bernie" Urban

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Bernhard John “Bernie” Urban, age 98 of Big Lake, MN passed away on Friday March 14, 2014 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center of St. Cloud.  Visitation will be Saturday March 22, 2014 from 1 PM to 2 PM at Hope Ev. Free Church, 513 West 4th Street, Monticello.  The funeral service will follow at 2 PM with Rev. Gary Jones officiating.  Interment will be at Big Lake Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.  

Bernie was born on October 21, 1915 in Minneapolis to Bernard J. Urban, Sr. and Ann Urban.  He served with the US Navy during WWII in the South Pacific.  He worked most of this life as an optician in the eye care industry.  Bernie was a member of the Gideons for almost 40 years.  He also made several short term missions trips to Jamaica, making glasses and bringing glasses to those in need there.  

Bernie is survived by his wife of 12 years Eldred “Ellie”;  his children Darrell (Nancy) Urban, Gloria (Jack) Gruye, Bernhard (Virginia) Urban, Rodney Urban, Fae (James) Audette;  son-in-law Jim Johnson;  stepchildren Sharon (Michael) Cooper, Jill (Joe) Riter;  and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Bernie was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence in 2000;  daughter Kathleen Johnson;  and two sisters Alberta and Lucille.       
 

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(From left) Lexi Freund (Big Lake), Betsey Cornelius and Ben Cornelius (Nowthen), Gunner Dorweiler and Colton Dorweiler (Princeton), Ben Manning (Zimmerman), Bailey Dorweiller (Princeton) and Salene Krueger (Big Lake.) The county fair runs from July 16-19. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Dr. Lola Sutherland is retiring from clinical practice after 33 years in the Big Lake community. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

SMITTY’S AMATEUR FIDDLERS CONTEST drew 22 musicians to compete in Big Lake this year. They were accompanied by Gilmore Lee.

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Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This spring, from April to June, approximately six individuals, three families, and seven groups, such as boy and girl scouts and 4-H groups, volunteered to clean countless miles of roads. (Submitted photo.)