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Obituary for Bernard Rash

Bernard Rash
Bernard "Bud" Rash, age 97, of Bemidji, MN, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at the North Country Regional Hospital, Bemidji. MN.


Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Bemidji, MN under the direction of the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home.


Bernard John Rash was born January 6, 1910 in New Providence, IA to Lindly & Emma (Briggs) Rash. He grew up, attended school and graduated from High School in New Providence, Iowa. He was active in sports there. After high school he went to work for J.C. Penny's as a salesman. He married Edith Stoehr on August 3, 1932 in Galena, IL. He served in the US Army during WW II, where he received the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon, two Bronze Stars, a Bronze Arrowhead, a Good Conduct Medal, a Service Stripe, a Philippine Liberation Medal with one Star, an Overseas Medal and a Victory Ribbon. Bud was in the Battle of Okinawa. After the war the family moved to Scottsbluff, NE and he worked for Gambles, and then as a hospital administrator. They moved to Waterloo, IA where he worked for Montgomery Wards until 1975. Then he retired and moved to Bemidji in 1976. He managed Lake Country Clothing and then continued to work there part time until he was 92 years of age. He enjoyed his work and being with people. Bud was a member of First Presbyterian Church.


Bernard is survived by daughters: Carole (Jim) Abels, Bemidji, MN and Sandra (Richard) Burdette, Hanover, MI; eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by parents, Lindly & Emma Rash; wife, Edith; son, Larry Rash; two brothers, Cecil and Kenneth Rash; sister, Marian Pierce.


Family prefers memorials to the American Heart Association.



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