Bernard “Bernie” J. Heberlein
Bernard "Bernie" J. Heberlein, age 83, of Liberty, died on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 in his home.
He was born on June 8, 1936 in Liberty, the son of Herman and Anna "Viola" (Kaltenbach) Heberlein.
He married Marilyn C. Knuffman on July 23, 1960 in St. Brigid Catholic Church. She survives.
Bernie was a lifelong farmer, and he worked at Linnemeyer's Hardware Supply for thirty-five years.
He also held other jobs including driving a coal truck, driving a school bus, and working as a water operator for ABS Water Co-op for 12 years until his retirement in 2006.
He was a member of St. Brigid Catholic Church, a former member of the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus and the Farm Bureau.
Bernie had served as a Liberty Township Trustee, and on the Liberty School Board. He was an EMT and drove the ambulance. In his free time, he enjoyed square dancing with "Belles and Beaus", woodworking, gardening, fishing and hunting.
Bernie is survived by his wife Marilyn;
his children: Vickie (Leo) Haley of Liberty; Dan (Anita) Heberlein of Liberty; Terry (Connie) Heberlein of Quincy; John "PoopC." (Denise "Sneezi") Heberlein of Quincy; Joseph (Stacey) Heberlein of Liberty;
grandchildren: Adam (Erika) McKinney; Mark (Sonya) McKinney; Laura (Chris) Lefever; Madelyn Haley; Courtney (Jake) Foley; Alex Heberlein; Jonah Heberlein; Maacah Heberlein; Dominic Heberlein; Victoria Ward; Olivia Ward; Jude Heberlein; Leilani Heberlein;
13 great grandchildren: Hailey, Audrey, and Braelyn McKinney; Savannah, Colten, and Olivia McKinney; Atticus; Piper; Tenley; Nia and Topher Lefever; Jordan (Andrew) Terford, and Quentin Lefever;
one brother: Donald Heberlein of Liberty; a sister: Loretta Koch of Quincy; two sisters-in-law: Ginny Heberlein of Liberty; Donna (Dave) Goehl of Liberty and one brother-in-law, Richard "Dick"( Lois) Knuffman of Liberty; many nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: MaryAnn (Glenn) Loos; a brother: Leo Heberlein; a grandson, Cooper J. Heberlein; and two brothers-in-law: Jim Koch and Kenneth Knuffman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Brigid Catholic Church, Liberty, IL with Rev. Jeff Stone officiating. Interment in St. Brigid Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in St. Brigid Catholic Church and on Monday morning from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to The Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders (GFPD) in honor of his grandson, Cooper J., to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Blessing Hospice or Operation Smile. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. http://www.dukerandhaugh.com
- Sending my deepest condolences with prayers to your family
- So very sorry to hear this. Loved your Mom and Dad. Wasn’t a kinder soul than Bernie. He will truly be missed🙏🙏🙏🙏💔💔💔