Bernard Strand, 92, of Bemidji, MN died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Neilson Place, Bemidji.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2013 at First Lutheran Church, Bemidji with Pastor Corey Furhman officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
Bernard Miller Strand was born July 10, 1921 in Bemidji, MN to Bernt and Mabel (Sather) Strand. He grew up in Blackduck and graduated from Blackduck High School in 1939. During his high school years he worked at the Wolden Service Station in Blackduck. After graduation he worked in Minneapolis and Omaha before enlisting in the Army Air Force, where he was a medic. He served in Africa during the WWII and was honorably discharged on March 1, 1946. On June 14, 1947 he married Hilda Penning in Murdock, MN. They returned to Bemidji, where he went to work for the Northern Pacific railroad as a brakeman and was promoted in 1952 to a conductor, where he was employed for the next 36 years. In September 1968 he and George Burke, took the last passenger train out of Bemidji. After retirement he and Penny traveled the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. He enjoyed visiting with people and curling. He was a member of the American Legion, Bemidji Elks and Bemidji Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Penny Strand of Bemidji; daughter, Bonita Strand of Minneapolis; son, Jeffrey Strand and wife, Lynn of Maple Grove and 2 grandchildren, Joshua and Jenna Strand.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Walter Strand; sister-in-law, Maxine Holland and two nephews, Robert and Richard Strand.
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