Francis âDukeâ Bernier, of White Bear Lake passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Regions Hospital, in St. Paul, MN. He was born on June 13, 1927 in Centerville MN. Duke attended Morton High School. Duke served in the U.S. Army in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged. Dukeâs professional career was spent with Control Data, as an engineer. Duke spent his retirement with his best friend and wife Marjorie. They enjoyed each day they were together rarely slowing down for anyone to catch up. He loved to golf, dance, bowl, garden, travel, and spend time supporting many charities. Duke was a lifetime member of the American Legion. He was a soldier, and a well-loved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend. Duke was a member of Americaâs greatest generation! Front and Center.
Duke was preceded in death by parents, John and Anna Bernier siblings, Joanne, Delores, Audrey, and Eugene (Peachy); wives, Colleen Corbett Bernier and Marjorie Kerstetter Bernier; daughter, Amy Bernier; and sons, Bill and Gary Adams. He was survived by children John Bernier(Farley), Statesville, NC, Lee Adams Cohasset, MN and Jack Adams(LuAnn) Pinetta, FL; grandchildren, Natalie, Kelly, Cory, Marlae, Wendy, DeAnnne, Jason, Jamie, Jesse, Lisa, Mike, Nicole, Laurie, Terri, Gary, Amanda, Jennifer, Missey, Kris, Michael and Mathew; 53 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Everyone was rumored to believe they were his favorite. Duke had a love for life and those in his life. He believed that his long life was due to discovering the miracle of living life on lifeâs terms; âOne Day at a Timeâ.
A public visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 4 pm â 7 pm at Mueller Memorial in White Bear Lake, 4738 Bald Eagle Ave. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 9:30 am at Calvary Cemetery, Forest Lake, MN. Following the burial, a light lunch and fellowship will be held at the Forest Lake Legion from 10-2pm.
Memorials preferred to: Catholic Charities, Alzheimer's Association, Sisters of Saint Francis, Tunnels to Towers, Diabetes Research Wellness
To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements.