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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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  • December 18
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 18
    Nashville Town Council
    6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • December 19
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • December 19
    Christmas sing-along at The Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 19
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 19
    Live hip hop music at dance barn
    7 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West