Alan Joseph Bernard

Alan Joseph Bernard

May 5, 1961 – Aug. 8, 2021

Alan Joseph Bernard died peacefully on August 8, 2021, with his two daughters at his side after a long battle with cancer. 

Al was born to Dennis and Esther Bernard in Hankinson, North Dakota, on May 5, 1961. He was the sixth of 12 children in the family. Al was a fun-loving and easy child growing up. He graduated Hankinson High School in 1979 and then attended an auto diesel mechanic trade school. He moved to Wyoming in 1980 and soon began working at Chemdal Corporation. 

He quickly formed a strong brotherhood with friends in Wyoming and, especially, Dan Bush and Frankie Rohrer. He was transferred with work to Aberdeen, Mississippi, in 1988. It was in Mississippi that he met another “brother,” Billy Kerstedder, and the two became lifelong friends. 

In 1993 he started dating Tina, and they soon decided that Wyoming is where they wanted to call home. Al, Tina and her three kids moved to Wyoming in 1994, and they later married on November 22, 1995. The love that he had for those kids was instant, and he immediately became the best dad to them all. Years later he became the very best Grampy to his grandchildren. Being Grampy was Al’s greatest blessing in life. 

Moving back to Wyoming, he worked for a short time at Celotex in Cody and then started work at
Western Sugar in Lovell in July 1994, where he remained until he had to retire in 2020. 

Anyone who knew Al knew that he could build or make anything. He worked on numerous projects for friends and family and was always working on something at home. Al never met a stranger and was willing to help anyone at any time. He was truly an amazing man. He was not one to sit around and was always dinking on something. When he wasn’t working around the house, he loved anything that involved the mountains and hunting or anything that involved his family, especially the grandkids. 

Al is survived by his wife, Tina; daughters Robin (Jared) Mickelson, Kaycie (Wes) Mangus and son Tyler Stahl; grandchildren Libby, Zayden, Zander and Harper and Rilee and Ridge, who he also considered his grandchildren; mother Esther Bernard, mother-in-law and father-in-law Mary and Teddy Windham; brothers Larry “Duffer” (Kris), Randy (Annie), Steve and Ray (Peggy); sisters Sharon (Roger) Freitag, Lois Leinen, Jane (Craig) Matejcek, Monica “Petey” (Kip) Olson and Renae (Wayne) Smith; sister-in-law Stephanie (John) Johnson; nephews Cole (Meagan) Johnson and Caleb (Dallas) Johnson; niece Chelsey (Timothy) Jones; and many, many more nieces and nephews. 

Al was preceded in death by his dad, Dennis, brother Rick, sister Diane and brother-in-law Brian Windham. 

Services are pending.

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