Roger Francis Bernard

November 22, 1932 ‒ July 22, 2020

Delaware, Ohio


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.


  • Dad, I will miss you terribly, but I know that you’re in the most wonderful place there is. There is no pain or death there, and none of the evil of this world. (Rev. 21:3-8). I’m so thankful that you accepted Jesus as your Lord & Savior many years ago, and while I’ll miss you – I know we’ll be together again someday.

    You were a wonderful father – not perfect, as none of us are, but we always knew you loved us and wanted the best for us. I am so thankful that you lived close by the last 6 years of your life so that I could spend a lot of time with you in your later years. I will especially miss watching the Ohio State football games with you…it just won’t be as fun watching them without you!

    I put pictures of you all over the house to comfort me, and I’ve been talking to you & asking you to pray for me. I hope you can hear me in heaven :).

    I love you with all my heart, Dad, and look forward to hanging out with you again in heaven someday. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • I would like to share a memory of Uncle Roger and a horse called Snowflake. Snowflake, from my experience with her, was not a very friendly horse and prone to bite . But I remember seeing Uncle Roger walking across the field towards Snowflake and she seemed excited to see him. And as he gently stroked and petted her, she leaned in and nuzzled him. I was awestruck.

    That is a special image that has been fixed in my memory. And that’s what I see when I think of him.

    Rest In Peace Uncle Roger

  • July 27th, 2020
    Beloved Father,

    There will never be words to express my love for you: neither can words ease my loss.
    All four of us are blessed with memories of you that will only grow stronger in the years to come. Until one day, if we live the life you taught us to live…one with integrity and honor; humility and respect for others…maybe then, and only then, will I have a chance to see you again one day. Until then, we will muddle through this world and only hope that someday our children have half the love, respect and admiration for us that we have for you !
    I will not say goodbye, instead, I will give you my promise that I will try to live my life with the virtues that you, mother and grandpa Russell have instilled in us all these years; and someday, if I am successful, we will meet again…

    Your Loving Daughter,

  • On one hand I feel sad or sorry for those who loved him and will miss him. On the other I feel blessed to know he is in a far better place and smiling down on us!

  • I sure will miss you,but I have the good memories that often come on my screen.Eating breakfast in the Hotel Bismark with the bluebloods overlooking the snowy Chicago River. Putting over 3,000 miles on the rental car in less than a week in the Northwest. Warming up by the pot-belly stove and having unrequested onions chopped up and added to our chili bowls in the Medicine Bow Forest. Your “coolness” when we were lost in the Wyoming woods. Reminiscing about Hampshire’s Bill Powell, our mutual mentor and benefactor. On and on…. I know by now you have caught up with Mike Oversen and Haven Hendricks and you all have found the Artic Cats and Polaris 660’s. Have fun! Cause Don Nikodim, Gerry Bonnett, Dick Isler, Sam Hines and I are envious and too old to ride again. I praise the Lord for the Christian mark you made on your family. See you one day, Rog-Joe. John Parker, Dinwiddie Va,

    • John,
      Thank you for those nostalgic vignettes, and for the other great stories you shared during your phone call! We look forward to meeting you to hear the rest of your adventures with Dad and the Gang. Thanks for being such a great friend to our Dad!
      Stephanie, Stacie, Russell & Charles

  • RIP Roger. You are at the Rainbow Bridge with Melanie now getting wet kisses from the numerous animals that you rescued over the years. Thank you for always being there for me when I needed somebody to talk to. You were a great man. I send my love and sympathy to his children.


    • Doug,
      Thanks for that beautiful image! Bless you for always checking in on him. He was very fortunate to have a brother-in-law like you!
      Stephanie, Stacie, Russell and Charles

  • Dad and I enjoyed alot of things together and had many similar interests. He and Russ and I enjoyed playing golf until the last several years he was unable to play any longer due to mobility. He and Russ and I enjoyed skeet shooting together at Black Wing Shooting Center outside Delaware. We enjoyed watching WWII and John Wayne Movies and Buckeye football and basketball games together. We enjoyed reading many of the same authors such as Tom Clancy and John Grisham. And in his last year and a half, every time I visited him I would wheel him up to the library so he could pick out a book to read.

    Thank you for all you did for me over the years.

    Heaven can no longer wait for you.

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