Bernerd (Bernie) Franklin Kalb of Story, Wyoming, passed away Thursday, September 13, 2012. He had just celebrated his 85th birthday five days earlier with family and friends. Bernerd was born September 8, 1927, in Roundup, Montana, to parents, Benjamin and Mildred Kalb. In 1937, the family moved to Orland, CA. He met Betty Woods and married her in 1949. In 1952, he and Betty moved to New Cuyama, CA, where he worked for ARCO oil. In 1968 he transferred to Gillette, WY as a plant supervisor. Based on his expertise, he was transferred to Enid, OK where he was the district supervisor over the Southwestern region of the US. In 1985 he and Betty retired to Story, Wyoming.
It is unknown exactly how Bernie acquired his nickname, but family and friends used it alike. Bernie loved to hunt and fish with his family and most vacations consisted of doing just that. Friends from far and near were always asking to be taken along, but in doing so, they knew they would be subject to his humor. He loved his time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be missed by all. His favorite hymn was “It Took a Miracle” and he is in Heaven waiting for the family to join him in singing it as he strums the guitar.
Bernerd is survived by his wife, Betty, and his five children, Monty of Gary, Texas; Liz and her husband,(Jim) of Morris, Michigan; Mil and her husband,(Gary) of Story; Dennis and his wife, (Mel) of Buffalo; and Virginia and her husband, (Danny) of Tulsa, OK; sister Carol Ruth of Guadalupe, CA; his brother Tom Kalb and his wife, (Erma) of Orland, CA; ten grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren. In addition, he had numerous nephews and nieces. Bernerd was certainly blessed.
Bernerd was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of Life will be at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, September 18, at The Kalb residence, 37 Mountain Home Road, Story, WY 82842.
Memorials to honor Bernie may be made to the Sheridan County Gun Club, 89 Keystone Road, Sheridan, WY, 82801.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.