Bernard Fred Nieman (“Bernie”), age 83, of Delano, passed away Friday, April 27, 2018.
He was born June 20, 1934, in St. Mathias Township, MN, to Henry and Irma (Fietsam) Nieman.
Bernie graduated from Buffalo High School, and served in the US Army from June 9, 1955, until his honorable discharge April 9, 1957.
He was united in marriage to Rita Pearson Aug. 10, 1957, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown.
After the military, Bernie owned and operated a Phillips 66 gas station in Delano. After leaving Phillips 66, he went to work at Gambles Corporation, until he became an insurance agent and owned his own Farmers Insurance Agency until retirement.
Bernie was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his son, James; his parents, Henry and Irma Nieman; and a brother, Gordon Nieman.
Bernie is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rita; children Brenda Nieman (Mike Potter), and Julie (Steve) Wagner; grandson Christopher Wagner; siblings Eileen (Jack) Register, Mary (Mel) Friendt, Henry Nieman and Rosie, George (Bonnie) Nieman, and Dennis (Carolyn) Nieman; and sister-in-law Laverne Nieman.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, May 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. There was a gathering of family and friends from 9 to 11 a.m. in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church; and a Knights of Columbus rosary at 8:45 a.m. Inurnment with military honors was in the Calvary Cemetery in Delano.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.