Roger Francis Bernard
November 22, 1932 ‒ July 22, 2020
Roger F. Bernard, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 22nd in Delaware, Ohio. Roger was born in Clinton County, Ohio on November 22nd, 1932 and was the son of Russell Henry and Hazel (Sarver) Bernard.
In his youth Roger was very active in 4-H and won the Outstanding 4-H Club Member award in 1951. He was on the Wayne High School basketball team, baseball team, played clarinet in the band, worked on the school paper, and was in his Junior and Senior class plays.
After High School Roger received a degree in Agriculture from the Ohio State University and later a degree in Vocational Agriculture. He served in the Army for two years.
Roger married Charlene Corder Bernard in 1955 and they had four children: Stephanie Lev (Ray), Stacie Shively (Randy), Russell E. Bernard (Linda), and Charles M. Bernard (Tracey). Roger taught Vocational Agriculture at Blanchester and Wilmington High Schools, was on the East Clinton Board of Education, was an FFA Advisor, and taught adult education evening classes on agricultural education. Roger and his family enjoyed trail riding on horseback in the Ohio State Forest and were very involved in 4-H with both horses and pigs. Under Roger’s tutelage his children received two first places and one second place in Hampshire Barrow classes at the Ohio State Fair, Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Barrow at The Clinton County Fair, and Grand Champion in the Open Class Barrow Show.
In 1997 Roger became the Executive Vice President of the Georgia Pork Producers Association. While in this position he was a consultant to the Veterinary Advisory Board, participated in the 2020 Visioning Conference helping to shape the future of agricultural education, served on the Animal Science Industry Certification Committee, and testified before the U.S. House and Senate on the Reorganization of the Department of Agriculture.
In 1978 Roger and Charlene divorced and he later married Melanie Freeman Bernard (who preceded him in death). Together they traveled to over 30 different countries. In addition to skeet shooting, golfing, and sailing, one of Roger’s favorite activities was snowmobiling with his many friends in the agriculture industry.
After Melanie died, Roger relocated from Georgia to Delaware, Ohio to be close to his children where he was able to attend numerous baseball, basketball, football, and softball games and track meets of his grandchildren, Luke and Sidney Bernard. He also went on numerous vacations with his children, and they were blessed to have him be a part of all their holiday and birthday celebrations during his last six years of life in Ohio! Roger was an AVID Ohio State fan and never missed watching an OSU game with his family.
Roger and Melanie vacationed on Sanibel Island several times a year and built a retirement home on Sanibel but never got the chance to retire there. They both wanted their ashes to be scattered in the ocean off the Sanibel coast along with those of their beloved rescued dogs and cats.
Roger was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Overly, whom he loved, along with her husband Donald Overly and their sons Jeff and Mike Overly.
Roger will be greatly missed by his four children (Stephanie, Stacie, Russell and Charles), his five grandchildren (Matt Bernard, Lindsey Bernard Hummel (Ian), Nick Lev, Sidney Bernard, and Luke Bernard), and his four great-grandchildren (Liam, Ella, Mia and Ava Hummel).
A private funeral service for immediate family only will be held at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Home in Delaware, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Delaware Humane Society, 4920 SR 37-E., Delaware, Ohio 43015 or Ohio Health Hospice, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214.
The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Home will be assisting the family with arrangements.