Goshen News, Goshen, IN


June 17, 2013

Bernard F. Pestow

Sept. 1, 1920-June 16, 2013

GOSHEN — Bernard F. Pestow, 92, died after a brief illness Sunday afternoon at Greencroft Goshen Health Care.

He was born Sept. 1, 1920, in Goshen, to Carl W. and Maude A. (Bosse) Pestow.

He married Isabel Ruge Dec. 28, 1946, at St. John’s Rectory. She died July 6, 2008.

He is survived by his four children, Miriam (Timon) Kendall, Kalamazoo, Mich., Carl W. (Connie) Pestow, Goshen, Benjamin F. Pestow, Goshen, and Sarah P. (Robert) Roeder, Goshen; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Pestow, Sun City, Ariz.; and a brother, George Pestow, Goshen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Patrick Phillip Pestow, who died in 1969; and a brother, Carl Phillip Pestow.

A 1938 graduate of Goshen High School, he earned an associate’s degree in engineering from Tri-State University. He served with the U.S. Army from December 1942 through February 1946, earning a Bronze Star and American Theater, Asiatic Pacific and Philippine Liberation ribbons.

He retired as purchasing agent from Fidler Inc. in 1984 after 20 years of service. After retirement, he and his wife traveled in their Air Stream, going to Alaska twice and moved to their home on Long Lake, Mich.

Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, where the  Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m.

The family will received friends from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Goshen, where Bernard was a member. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m.

A graveside service will follow at Violett Cemetery in Goshen. The Rev. Father Robert A. Van Kempen of St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church in Bristol will officiate. The Goshen Honor Guard will fold the American flag and taps will be played at the gravesite.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church, the VFW, or American Lung Association, in memory of Bernard’s son, Patrick.

Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

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