Bryce Lawrence Berner, of Kalispell, was welcomed into our Lord and Savior’s arms on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
Bryce was born Dec. 9, 1938, to Laurence “Red” and Frances “Fran” Kohler Berner in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Bryce married Katherine Fhlug in 1957 and welcomed children, Susan, Jeffrey and Cheryl.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force 1957 to 1961, stationed at Charleston Air Force Base as an airplane engine mechanic. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Waukesha and worked at Hughes Automotive and then Wisconsin Centrifugal as a supervisor machinist for over 21 years.
In 1983, Bryce met Reneé (Devall) Hanson, moved to Montana where he fell in love with the Montana countryside. Bryce and Reneé married in 1985. He was employed at Semitool in Kalispell until his retirement in 2000.
Bryce enjoyed golfing, fishing, bowling, hiking and downhill skiing. He loved sharing the beauty of Glacier National Park with family and friends. Bryce loved his garden and pristine yard work. He had a special place in his heart for Englewood, Florida. He spent many years vacationing there, sitting on the beach reading his favorite books and listening to the ocean waves. He was a diehard Green Bay Packers fan and was thrilled and proud to have attended the “Ice Bowl” at Lambeau Field in 1967.
Bryce loved his North-ridge Lutheran family and was a member of the Whitefish Lake Golf Club.
Bryce is survived by his beloved wife Reneé Berner, children Susan (Richard) Klabunde, Jeffrey Berner, Cheryl (Michael) Kaye, and stepdaughters Krista Hanson and Kari (Mark) Hooper. He had a special love for his grandchildren Robert (Giselle) Stelmaszewski, Christopher Stelmaszewski, Heather Kaye, Rebecca Klabunde, Mathew Kaye, Mileah Roberts, Thomas Kaye and Brock Hooper. Great-grandchildren are Jordan, Ashlee, Carter, Liam, Blake and Sylvia. Kathleen Keller, his “baby sister,” also survives him as do aunts Mary Elizabeth Wright and Eileen Mathis, many cousins, nieces and nephews and special friends.
His parents preceded him in death.
Our family would like to extend their gratitude for the compassionate care given by Kalispell Regional Healthcare.
A celebration of Bryce’s life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Northridge Lutheran Church in Kalispell.
Memorials can be made to Northridge Lutheran Church or the KRH Foundation.
Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.