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Russel “Russ” Jon Berna, 71

Russel “Russ” Jon Berna, 71, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Bloomington with his wife and best friend, Donna, by his side. 

The world lost a wonderful man. Russ was born July 19, 1942, in Elgin, Illinois, to Henry “Hap” Berna and Marion Liedberg. He spent his younger years stirring up harmless trouble in Burlington, Illinois, before graduating from high school in 1960. His career spanned 30 years at American Breeders Service in DeForest, Wisconsin. He started as a technician and ended his career as the international sales manager. He traveled the world, sharing his charm with all he met. A remarkable businessman and mentor to many, Russ never knew a stranger and had a smile that lit up the world. Russ was charismatic, had a great sense of humor and wit and a love for animals, especially dogs and horses. He enjoyed life, especially spending time with Donna and friends riding the trails of southern Indiana on his beloved horse, Suede. 

Russ is survived by his wife, Donna Burkhardt of Nashville; two daughters, Lori (Travis) Chapman of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and Dawn (Dan) Eyre of Germantown, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Brianne (Eric) Arnold and Amber (Drew) Kraus, both of Madison, Conner, Quinn, and Alexis Eyre of Germantown; his great-granddaughter Parker Arnold; sister, Cheri Chipman of Littleton, Colorado; and brother, Rodney (Sue) Berna of St. Louis, Missouri; his first wife, Bonnie Kelsey of Madison, Wisconsin; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He is also survived by several foreign exchange students who thought of him as their "dad". 

He was preceded in death by his father, Hap Berna; mother Marion Berna; and brother-in-law, Ed Chipman.   

Russ was stricken with Alzheimer’s at 63. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association to help rid the world of this terrible disease.

Special thanks goes to Donna’s family and friends for their ongoing support as she cared for Russ. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Golden Living Center in Bloomington, Southern Care Hospice, and Joey Wiles, who was Russ’s beloved weekday caregiver for many years.

Russ left us at 71, but he lived life to the fullest. He will be missed by many, but his memory and wisdom will live on in our hearts forever.  “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” - Dr. Seuss. 

A celebration of Russ’ life will be conducted at a later date.

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  • July 5
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 5
    Brown County Radio Hour to air Episode 40
    9 a.m. WFHB FM 91.3 and 100.7
  • July 7
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • July 7
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • July 7
    Nashville Redevelopment Commission
    4:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • July 8
    Brown County Radio Hour to air Episode 40
    6 p.m. WFHB FM 91.3 and 100.7
  • July 8
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • July 8
    Washington Township Advisory Board
    7:15 p.m. BC (Nashville) Fire, 231 E. Main St.
  • July 9
    Go Club at the library
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 9
    Gospel jam & sing in Gnaw Bone
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • July 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • July 9
    Nashville Arts & Entertainment Commission
    10 a.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • July 9
    Gospel hymn sing
    6:30 p.m. Green Vly Apostolic Church, 5124 State Road 46 West
  • July 9
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m. Artist Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • July 9
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 9
    Volunteer Fair at The Seasons
    4:30 to 6 p.m., 6 p.m. The Seasons Lodge Conference Center, 560 State Road 46 East
  • July 10
    Farmers market in Bean Blossom July 10
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • July 10
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • July 11
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • July 11
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • July 11
    Health fair at the YMCA
    8 a.m. to noon YMCA, 105 Willow St.
  • July 11
    Widowed group
    2:30 p.m. Sycamore Valley Community Center, 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • July 12
    Woods reunion slated
    12:30 p.m. Yellowwood Forest
  • July 13
    Backpack Program meeting slated
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 13
    Beeline beekeepers club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 14
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • July 14
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 14
    Brown County Council
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 16
    WRAPS 20th anniversary open house
    6 to 8 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 17
    Groundbreaking slated for new senior apartments
    2 p.m. Hawthorn Hills, se corner of Hawthorne Drive & Chestnut Street
  • July 18
    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • July 20
    Health department offers ServSafe class
    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 30
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane