Jim Bernard

March 23, 1921 - May 5, 2018

Jim Bernard, 97, of St. Charles, and formerly of Lake Forest, passed away Saturday, May 5 at Greenfields in Geneva.  Jim was born in Lemay, MO on March 23, 1921, the son of Emil and Mae (nee Gangle) Bernard.  He was united in marriage to Barbara Handley on December 12, 1942, in Chicago, IL.

Jim graduated from Mehville, MO High School in 1938, Kemper Military Junior College, and the University of Missouri in 1942. While at the University of Missouri he met the love of his life, Barbara.  They were married in December 1942 and started 54 years of marriage ending with her death in 1997.  Commissioned an Army 2nd Lieutenant, Jim served in the European Theater in World War II.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.  After the war, Jim joined Barbara in Chicago, started a career in the paper packaging industry, and bought a home in LaGrange Park.  Career moves followed to Webster Groves, MO and Lake Forest, IL in 1969.  Along the way Jim stayed in the Army Reserves rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel and retiring in 1968.  He was very active in the Church of the Holy Spirit serving on the vestry, as an usher, and as a volunteer for the annual Spring Fair.  For many years Jim participated in his church’s Wednesday morning Bible Study, affectionately known as the Old Dogs.  In 2017 he moved to River Glen in St. Charles to be closer to family.

The family wants to extend special thanks for all who cared for him at River Glen and Greenfields. Your kind, respectful care will always be remembered.

He is survived by his two children, John (Mary) Bernard of St. Charles, and Margo Super of Tucson, AZ, four grandchildren; Kenneth Super, Peter (Mihaela) Bernard, Ann (Casey) Tushaus, and Michael (Corey) Bernard, six great-grandchildren; Mae and Claire Tushaus, Katherine and Samuel Bernard, Eden and Harper Bernard.  

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Barbara and a sister Virginia Van Dyne. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday May 19 at 11:00am, visitation at 10:00am, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Geneva, IL.  Inurnment will be held at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, IL on Sunday May 20 at 2:00pm.    

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Church of the Holy Spirit 400 E Westminster Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045 or American Cancer Society 225 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 or

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  • Toni Potts I was fortunate to have served lunch to Jim on the weekdays at River Glen. My life has been made brighter by knowing him. He was an interesting man and very humble. He will be missed. My condolences to the family.