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Bernard L. Desterhouse

I am a Veteran.Bernard L. Desterhouse
September 27, 1936 -  April 16, 2021

Bernard L. Desterhouse, age 84 of Fremont
Died Friday April 16, 2021 at Methodist Hospital in Omaha

Bernard was born September 27, 1936 in Omaha to Leslie and Genevieve ‘Murphy’ Desterhouse. He was raised in Omaha and attended school there until enlisting in the United States Army. He served from 1962 until 1964. After his service he was married then divorced. He then married Bonnie Keating Ishmiel on September 27, 1978. Bernard was a long time employee of Valmont. After his retirement from Valmont, he worked part time for Everett Repair and Kirby Auto Parts (Napa Auto) both in Valley while also living there. The couple moved to Fremont about 6 years ago.

Bernard was a member of the American Legion Post #262 of Yutan.

Wife – Bonnie of Fremont
Children – Michelle (Jim) O’Brien of Omaha
John (Deanna) Ishmiel of Fremont
Darin (Kristine) Ishmiel of Fremont
Diane (Kurt) Denker of Fremont
Dorothy Moos of Fremont
Dan (Raylean) Ishmiel of Florida
Mike (Mary) Slayton of North Carolina
18 grandchildren
many great grandchildren
Brother – Dick Desterhouse of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Brothers-in-law – Robert (Barbara) Keating of Norfolk
Dave (Nancy) Keating of Omaha

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, brother and son-in-law Jerry Moos.

The funeral will be 10:30am, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont (Livestream of the service will begin at 10:30am). Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Fremont with Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the Fremont Veterans Park ( Visitation will be Monday from 4pm to 8pm with the family present from 6pm to 8pm at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont.

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