Bernard N. Portz, 84, of Hospers, died Friday, June 10, 2011, St. Luke's Lutheran Home in Spencer.
Bernard was born Jan. 11, 1927, at rural Hospers, the son of Nicholas and Mary (Pottebaum) Portz. He was raised in the Hospers area and received his education at St. Anthony's Catholic School in Hospers. He was then a farm laborer in the Hospers area.
On May 9, 1946 he entered the U.S. Army and served stateside during WWII in a medical unit. Bernard was honorably discharged Nov. 5, 1947, and returned to the Hospers area.
On Aug. 21, 1951 he married Catharine Freking at Hospers, where they made their home.
In 1951 Bernard began trucking and hauling livestock in the Hospers area and later expanded into cross country trucking until 1971. He then began working for C and E Products in Le Mars.
In 1977, Bernard began working for Verschoor Automotive at Sheldon in their parts department.
In the mid 1980s he obtained his GED and began working for the city of Hospers in their maintenance department and was their water technician until he retired in 1994. He then worked part time driving truck for Interstate Electric in Sioux Center until 1998.
Bernard was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus of Granville, and Reuter Post # 0423 American Legion.
During his life he enjoyed many things such as, small engine repair, TV and radio electronics, fishing and playing cards with the guys downtown, driving his golf cart downtown for coffee, photography and flying small engine planes.
Survivors include: his wife, Catharine of Hospers; four children: daughter Veronica Degen and her husband, Paul of Urbandale, and their children, Michael, Madeline, Maria and Sarah all at home; son Matthew of Ashton, and his children, Cassandra, Stan and Abbie, all at home; daughter Esther Nilles and her husband, Paul of Ashton,and their children, Andrew, Laura, Brian, Douglas, Theresa and Claire, all at home; son Timothy of Charles City; one daughter-in-law, Karen Portz of Warsaw, Ind., and her children, Tiffany Makinson and her husband, Jeremy and their daughter Ava of Pierceton, Ind., and Ashley Portz and her husband, Jeremy Pifer of Winona Lake, Ind.; one brother, Herbert Portz of Hospers; five sisters, Elvira Youngers and her husband, Ray of Sun City West, Ariz., Cordella Hansen and her husband, George of Windom, Minn., Charlotte Von Arb of Spring, Texas, Flora Hansen and her husband, Nick of Alton and Lorna Mae Portz of Hospers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Stanley; and one brother-in-law, "Bud" Everett Von Arb.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hospers with the Rev. Paul Eisele officiating. Burial will be in the St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Hospers. Graveside military honors will be conducted by, Reuter Post # 0423 American Legion. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. today (Monday). There will be a rosary at 5 p.m. by the Knights of Columbus, and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hospers. Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home and Monument of Remsen.
Casketbearers will be Paul Degen, Paul Nilles, Stan Portz, Dan Klein, Mark Klein and Gary Hansen.
Honorary bearers will be; Bernard's grandchildren and great-granddaughter.
Condolences may be sent online at www.fischfh.com.