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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