Former Deere dealer Norman Bernards, of McMinnville, dies at 82

Norm Bernards, former owner of a John Deere dealership in McMinnville, Ore., has died. He was 82.

Published on March 27, 2014 12:05PM

Last changed on March 27, 2014 12:07PM

Norman Bernards

Norman Bernards

Norman Gene Bernards, age 82, of McMinnville, Ore., died March 23 in his home surrounded by family.

Viewing will be at the Chapel of Macy and Son from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 31. A Rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, with services following at 11 a.m. at Saint James Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Saint James Cemetery. Services will be led by Father Vandehey.

He was born on Nov. 7, 1931, in Carlton, Ore. His parents were Theodore M. and Margaret M. Bernards. He married Louise (Ricke) Bernards in 1954 at Saint James Catholic Church. They would have been married 60 years this December.

Norm and Louise have three sons, Dennis, Randy and Allan and two daughters, Susie, who died in 1992, and Joan, who died in 1993.

Norm was in the Coast Guard early on in his life. He was a member of Saint James Catholic Church and an active member of the Knights of Columbus No. 1623. Norm loved taking communion to fellow Catholics that were unable to attend mass. He loved sharing faith and touched many lives.

Norm shared his love of people and fishing with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Norm had many great stories and loved to share them.

Norm owned and ran the John Deere dealership for 31 years. He loved working closely with all the local farmers. All of his sons worked there at one time or another. He was a great people person and salesman.

Norm leaves behind his wife Louise, sons Dennis (Lori), Randy (Carol), Allan (Claire), grandchildren Sarah (Ricky), Erin (Sam), Jay (Kaylee) Bernards, Matt (Sara) Bernards, Alissa (Charles) Alice, Leanne (Zachary) Case, Nathan Bernards, Ben Bernards, Tiffany Bernards, step grandchildren, Jamie (Jeremy) Andrews, Julie (Shane) Gillen, Matt (Eula) Boersma and many great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be given to Saint James Catholic School c/o Macy and Son Funeral Directors. To leave online condolences, please visit


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