Bernard J. Barone
October 5, 1962 – August 27, 2021
Bernard J. Barone was a loving son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, grandfather, and friend.
He was born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 5, 1962. In 1974, he moved with his family to North Platte, Nebraska, then moved to Ankeny, Iowa from 1979 until graduating from high school in 1982. He attended college at Chadron State University on a wrestling scholarship.
Bernie was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved being on the lake waterskiing. In 1988 he survived a tragic fireworks accident that changed his life drastically. With time, he adjusted to his new life and never let his disabilities effect his strong work ethic. He took up new hobbies and interests. He became an impressive bowler and played on several bowling leagues. He liked to golf, and he enjoyed country music and dancing. One of his favorite pastimes was going to the casino to play the slots. His friends called him the Slot King. He also enjoyed playing Keno, betting on the dog races and treating his friends to elaborate dinners he “earned” at the Casino. Special friends Edger and Cindy met Bernie and Diana weekly for dinner and to play Keno.
In 2009, he ran into his high school sweetheart, Diana, at an outdoor concert. They got reacquainted and spent the next 12 years loving and taking care of each other. Bernie was blessed to become an honorary father figure to her three children. To quote the oldest son, Luke, “Bernie is a shining example of many things a man should be—hardworking, selfless, kind-hearted, and fun loving.” As a special blessing, he was able to enjoy being a grandpa to five grandchildren. Dressing up as Santa was a favorite event for Bernie and the grandkids, nieces, and nephews.
For many years, Bernie worked at Highland Golf Club, taking care of the greens. In 2018, Bernie was hired by Costco. He had no idea that this would be another life changing event for him. The team at Costco treated Bernie with ongoing respect. They appreciated his drive and dedication at work. He absolutely loved going to work and being with his Costco friends. Throughout his illness, he continued to go to work and do his best without a complaint. He was truly an inspiration to all.
Bernie had a genuine love for his family. The best times were sitting around the kitchen table visiting. He took pride in keeping an impeccable lawn, drinking his hot coffee all day long, and watching his Nebraska Cornhuskers play football. Bernie was so generous with his time. He took care of an elderly neighbor’s yard, took them to church, and out for dinners. He was always first to volunteer to help a friend or stranger. He was always ready with a kind word or a story to make someone smile.
Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, Carmine A. Barone and Lavina (Krueger) Barone. He is survived by sisters and brothers-in-law: Barbara Cox (Keith), Connie Lyons (Scott), Diane Miller (Chey), and Debra Barone; Bernie’s beloved, Diana Flair; honorary children: Katie Thiel (Tom), Luke Flair (Lauren), and Andrew Flair (Macy); grandchildren: Hudson, Jack, Hadley, Noah, and Hayes; many nieces and nephews.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, August 30th at 1:00 p.m. at the West Center Chapel. Entombment: Calvary Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.
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