Richard "Dick" Bernards
1934 - 2020
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1934 ˜ 2020
“A Gentleman and a Scholar”

Dick was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. He served others throughout his life as a U.S. Army veteran, faithful Christian, and long-time volunteer with organizations including the Lion’s Club, Clark County Fair, Master Gardeners, and many others. He was a gentle, wise and benevolent man, always concerned about the welfare of others.
Dick retired as a beloved teacher at RHS. He delighted in sparking curiosity in his students through hands-on experiences, both locally and throughout the world. He had a keen intellect and was a life-long learner.
Dick loved sports, especially football, as well as gardening, travel, birding, bowling, fishing, and all things outdoors. He lived a rich, fulfilling life.
Dick will be forever remembered by family, friends, and students alike for his kindness, generosity, service, integrity, and love.
He is survived by Marion, his wife of 56 years; daughters, Paula Bernards and Laura (John) Peterson; granddaughters, Alyssa and Annalise; Aunt Flossie; and many wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In support of his love for students, please direct any donations to the Ridgefield Lions Club Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 416, Ridgefield, WA 98642.
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Published in The Columbian on May 17, 2020.
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May 23, 2020
Dick was such a favorite in the Master Gardeners here in Clark County. I had the honor of assigning him as the our representative to the Clark County Fair Board. He was a wonderful and sweet man.We were all lucky to know him, and miss him greatly.
Celeste Lindsay
May 21, 2020
Sending love and hugs to you! So sorry for your loss! We will surely miss Richard at our family gatherings
Darby Glen
May 19, 2020
My! What a lot Dick knew about so much in this vast and wonderful world! He shared the knowledge modestly and tactfully--always in a helpful way. A kind, loving, decent human being: Admirable! Maggie Bates
Maggie Bates
May 18, 2020
May 18, 2020
He contributed so much to our Ridgefield community and beyond. I have pleasant memories of his humor and wisdom. Please console one another and know that he is missed by many
Jan Robinson
May 17, 2020
Marian, so very sorry to see that your husband has passed. Praying for you at this time.
Bonnie Sabel Welte
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