Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Richard A. Berner
December 27, 1939 - November 29, 2017 (Age 77)
Watertown, WI
Service: December 4, 2017
Richard A. Berner
Richard A. Berner, age 77, of Watertown, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 12:00 noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. Rodney Warnecke officiating. Burial will take place at Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown. Family and friends may gather at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Richard Arthur Berner was born on December 27, 1939 in the town of Little Black in Taylor County, Wisconsin, the son of Arthur and Ruth (nee Finder) Berner. He attended several rural grade schools followed by St. John’s Lutheran School in Waterloo and Waterloo High School. On August 7, 1976, he was united in marriage to Carol Bergmann at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Watertown. Richard had been employed at Milford Feed Mill, University Experimental Farm, John Deere dealerships in Waterloo, Sun Prairie, Columbus and Watertown and Koplin Excavating, in addition to farming. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Watertown where he served on various boards and was currently serving as a head usher. Richard loved his horses and cats. He was a member of the Jefferson County Draft Horse Association. He enjoyed giving hay rides and sleigh rides. He was a helpful neighbor and loved to hunt and work in the woods. Richard volunteered at Old World Wisconsin for approximately 17 years, where he died doing one of his favorite things- cutting down trees.
Richard is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Nina (Michael) Koester; grandchildren, Eric and Melissa Koester; sisters, Marie (Melvin) Mertz, Elaine (Gerald) Baumann and Peggy Keach; brother-in-law, John Lueck; sister-in-law, Darolyn Berner as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Arnold and Esther Bergmann; brother, Robert Berner; sisters, Evelyn Lueck and Norma Berner as well as brothers-in-law, James Springer and James Keach.
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