Bernard L. Harnish
Bernard Lee Harnish, 73, of Sheridan passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, September 8, 2013.Bernard was born on May 4, 1940 in Sheridan, Wyoming to Harold and Ruth (Mitchell) Harnish. He was raised in Clearmont, WY. He graduated from Sheridan High School in 1958. He married his high school sweetheart, Alice Kimmel, on December 23, 1958. Together they have shared fifty four years of marriage. He joined the Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, VA. He later went to Long Beach, San Diego, and China Lake, CA. Shortly after entering the service, he became a Dental Lab Technician. In 1967, the family came back to Sheridan and Bernard opened his dental lab. He later worked at the VA Medical Center. In 1982, Bernard and Alice purchased Stop and Shop Grocery, which together they ran until Bernard was diagnosed with lungcancer in 1998. Bernard survived this fight with cancer. He was blessed with fourteen years of being cancer free, but in 2011 and again in 2013 the cancer returned. He fought these battles bravely and courageously.Bernard enjoyed his furry little buddy Skeeter for fourteen years, hunting, fishing, spending time in the mountains, bowling, playing pool, and dancing. He looked forward to working in his garden and supplying his family and friends with fresh vegetables. He was a member of Bethesda Worship Center and enjoyed his church family. He liked his special trips to Colorado with his grandsons and bringing back fresh produce to sell at the store. Most of all, he loved his wife, his kids, his grandkids, and his great grandkids.Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brother-in-law Leonard Kimmel, sister-in-law Marjorie Kimmel, and grandson Caelan Brackeen. He is survived by his wife, Alice Harnish; children: Bernie (Lavon) Harnish, Allen (Brenda) Harnish, Kerrie Kimmel, Bill Harnish, Peggy (John) Steir - all of Sheridan; grandchildren: Cooley (Megan), Candice, Tyler (Danielle), Zachary, Brittany (Alex), Joey (Hillary), Ashlee (Todd), Jessica (Myron), Shallon (Chad), Jessica, Brandon (Mallory), Alicea, Taler, and Cameron; great grandchildren: Lainee, Jesse, Krissiana, Graci, Ellie, Masyn, Cooley, Haylie, Audrey, Briston, Sophia, Joey, and Landon; his brothers: Harold (Donna) Harnish, Kerry (Carol) Harnish, Bill (Janice) Harnish; his in-laws: Jean Kimmel, Bill and Shirley Kimmel, and numerous nieces and nephews.A Celebration of Life with Full Military Honors will be held at 10:30 am, on Friday, September 13, 2013 at Bethesda Worship Center with Pastor Scott Lee Officiating. A reception will be held immediately following the service.In lieu of flowers, Memorials to honor Bernard can be made to the Bethesda Worship Center, 5135 Coffeen Avenue, Sheridan, WY 82801; Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith Street, Sheridan, WY 82801; Welch Cancer Center, Box 391, Sheridan, WY 82801.Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.