Apr. 20, 1914 Pomona Manistee County Michigan, USA
Jan. 2, 2010 Traverse City Grand Traverse County Michigan, USA
Bernard was the son of Boyd GRINER and Stella SHAFER. He married Elizabeth Irene "Beth" WHITE on 16 June 1935, in Lansing, Michigan.
They were the parents of two (2) children:
Roger GRINER Barbra GRINER MIKOWSKI
He was a resident of Interlochen, Michigan, and died at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City.
Bernie was the son of pioneer families in Pomona, Manistee County. Bernie's ancestors came to Benzie and Manistee counties in the 1860s.
Bernie attended the Pomona one-room school and graduated from Copemish High School in 1931, where he met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Elizabeth Irene "Beth" WHITE. They were married in Lansing by Beth's grandfather.
Bernie attended Manistee County Normal and worked for A&P Food Stores in Traverse City and Gaylord. He and Beth moved to Cadillac when he worked for Farmer Peet Meats, delivering product with routes from Ludington and points east of Cadillac, including Civilian Conservation Corps camps.
In the early 1940s, Bernie began selling scales, slicers, and grinders to meat markets and grocers until World War II interrupted the manufacturing of this equipment. The family had then moved to the Pomona area, and Bernie began work sailing on the Lake Michigan car ferries between Frankfort and Wisconsin. They hauled loaded coal cars, war machinery, and supplies, including gliders headed for Europe.
After the War, Bernie and Beth started selling commercial refrigeration equipment to stores, markets and fish hatcheries. He established Bernie GRINER Refrigeration, Sales and Service.
In 1960, Bernie and Roger bought Jack and Jeans Grocery Store and Gas Station at Interlochen Corners. In the next years, they built this into a shopping plaza of 17 businesses, with Bernie sometimes behind the meat counter and sometimes pouring cement.
In 1961, Bernie began building a new home for Beth and himself on the shore of Green Lake, where the Betsie River begins and flows to Lake Michigan, and he has lived there since. It was perfect for Bernie, with his love of hunting and fishing.
In 1973, Bernie began studying for the ministry as he had become a certified lay minister. The Grant UMC Congregation voted to have him entered into license to preach correspondence course. After finishing that course, the UMC board of ministry enrolled Bernie in a five year course of study at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He finished his schooling in 1981 and became ordained. His first ministerial duties, with his wife by his side, began in Brethren, Michigan. He then went on to Merrit, Moorestown, Stitsville and Butterfield. Bernie planned to retire, but then took over ministering at Barnard and Norwood near Charlevoix, Michigan. He also filled in at Grant in 2001 and 2002, but retired under doctor's orders in February 2002.
In 2004, Bernie had his book, "My 90 Years in the Northwoods," published after countless hours of notes and shared memories. The book was available at the Benzie Area Historical Museum in Benzonia.
Bernie was active in and held office in many local organizations, including the Betsie River Sportsmen Club, the James Dillion Masonic Lodge in Mesick, the Grand Traverse Republican Party, President of the Copemish School Board, and the Shriners. He was also active as a coach at Copemish School.
Bernie is survived by his wife of 74 years, Beth; his son, Roger and wife, LaVonne of Frankfort; daughter, Barbra, and husband, James MIKOWSKI of Traverse City; grandchildren, Susan (Stuart) FRASER of Carlsbad, California, Elissa (Heath) HOLCOMB of Traverse City, Mark (Ruth) GRINER of Lake Ann, Linda (George) BOWER of Lake Ann, Scott (Jennifer) GRINER of Interlochen; great-grandchildren, Zane Fraser, Skylar and Sterling HOLCOMB, Alexandria and Kortney BOWER, and Boyd GRINER; niece, Ann GRINER; nephews, Rick and John WHITE and families; and first cousin, Burton GRINER and family.
Bernie was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Ellis GRINER and wife, Lorraine; brother-in-law, Dale WHITE, and wife, Betty.
Family funeral services were held 5 January at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah.
A memorial service was held 19 June 2010, at the GRINER Sugar Bush in Pomona.