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Berns, Leon A. 1924-2021


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 6/10/2021 at 15:54:07

Leon Anthony Berns, 96, died peacefully on June 7, 2021, at the Guttenberg Care Center. He was born on Aug. 21, 1924, to Anton and Elizabeth (Wolter) Berns on the family farm outside Garnavillo, Iowa. He was a conscientious and dedicated farmer. He was proud of the 150-plus year Heritage Farm status of the family farming operation and the many conservation awards presented to them. That legacy is now being continued in the same ethical hard-working manner that Leon set for his sons and grandsons. In 1945, Leon was drafted into the army and trained at Camp Roberts in California. He served his country for two years, one of which was in Korea helping to rebuild that country. He concluded his service with an honorable discharge. After discharge, he returned to the family farm in Iowa and soon met the love of his life, Phyllis Junk, a secretary at a Guttenberg farm implement dealership. They married on Sept. 15, 1949, at St Mary's Catholic Church in Guttenberg, Iowa. Their marriage was blessed with nine children. Family was important to Leon. He truly enjoyed celebrating holidays, anniversaries and other special occasions with his family. Some of his other pleasures were square dancing and bowling. Leon's faith was very important to him, he was a lifelong member of St Joseph's Catholic Church and was a Knights of Columbus member for many years. One of Leon's greatest pleasures was a good game of euchre. His daughters joked that he tested future sons-in-law by their euchre skills. Leon was a good storyteller and often reminisced in detail about his youth and growing up on the farm he loved and cared for all his life. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 71 years, Phyllis; his children, Julie (Jon) Jordahl, Beth (Stephen) Young, DeAnne (Mike) Thornton, Charles (Heidi) Berns, John Berns, Barbara Berns (Joe Leone), Rita (Chet) Koth, Tom (June) Berns and Nancy (Scott) Neeley; 21 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren, with one on the way. He is also survived by one brother, Francis (Fritz) Berns of Englewood, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and one brother. Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, 001 S Industrial Park Rd., Garnavillo, Iowa. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 11, with at rosary at 9:30 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garnavillo, Iowa. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 11, at the church with the Rev. Marvin Bries officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Garnavillo, Iowa.

Published in The Gazette on Jun. 9, 2021.


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