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Obituary: Bernhard, Richard A.

Sun., Feb. 2, 2014

Age 88

BERNHARD, Richard A. January 10, 1926 - January 20, 2014 Richard Alan Bernhard passed away on January 20, 2014 after a long bout with Asbestosis and Cancer.

He was 88 years old.

A memorial service is planned on March 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM at Calvin Presbyterian Church, Tigard, Oregon.

A reception is planned immediately following at OLCC.

A graveside service will be held at 3 P.M. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on March 21 with full military honors.

Dick was born on January 10, 1926.

He graduated Cum Laude from high school and Penn State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

Dick was a member of Delta Chi fraternity, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau, and Tau Epsilon.

Dick served with the 508th Parachute Infantry of the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army during World War II.

He parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, into Holland, and fought in the Battle of The Bulge.

His military awards include the Bronze Star the Purple Heart and a Presidential Citation among others.

In 1949, Dick joined B&W and served with them for 42 years progressing to a regional executive.

He was a great believer in professionalism and positivism, and coined this phrase within his Company for many years.

He was also a professional engineer.

Throughout his life Dick enjoyed golf, sailing, all kinds of cars, and traveling.

Dick is survived by son, Scott A. Bernhard and his wife Deborah of Spokane Washington; his daughter, Meredith B. Smith of Roseburg Oregon; and three grandchildren, Krissy, Desiree and Scott Jr.

Contributions to his memory can be made to The American Cancer Society, or The American Lung Association.

Please visit his online memorial at


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