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(November 22, 1922 – February 10, 2016)

Bernard “Barney” Eugene Bearinger, Sr., 93, has graciously passed through the valley of the shadow of death and is now absent from the body and face to face with the Lord, 2 Corr. 5:8b, Amen. This strong and brave man will be greatly missed.Barney passed on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Medilodge of Midland. He was born in Rochester, Michigan on November 22, 1922 to the late Rev. Clayton Anderson and Almeda (Swain) Bearinger. Barney moved to Midland in 1937 with his Pastor Father and family and attended Midland High School where he lettered in Football, Basketball and Track. While in High School he delivered the Midland Daily News to East and West Park Drive, worked for Mr. Glover in the Rexall Drug Store and hold the distinction of being the first ever guide for visitors of the Dow Gardens.After graduation in 1940, he had to wait until December to apply for a job with Dow, which he started on December 29, 1940 and he worked thirty-seven years first in the lab and then in the Methocel Plant; the last twenty years as General Foreman of 374 Building and retired in 1978.In 1940 he met future wife Remonda Batch. His sweetheart and he were married in 1942. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and was discharged in December 1945. While serving he graduated from Hospital Corp school with a Pharmacists-mate rating and worked in surgical ward at Great Lakes Naval Hospital. Then in the Dispensary at the same boot camp where he had his training. Following the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945 his ship was deployed, while there he was in the charge of mail and recreation at a hospital.Barney loved to play all sports. 1941 he played on City Champs Trombley Motors Fast Pitch softball team. 1948 played ball with Franks Sport Shop winning the Class B State Championship. He stopped playing softball at age thirty-five, basketball at thirty-eight, and in 1950, took up golf. First at White Birch in Auburn and then the last fifty-seven years at Currie Golf Courses in Midland, MI, which he played nine times this past June and July. Winning several championships while playing with Alumni Gold League which was made up of former Dow A.C. Ball Player and friends. In retirement he played golf five days a week. Barney was a lifetime member of the American Legion and was Commander of Berryhill Post 165 in 1976-77, also a Life-time member of Elks BPOE 1610 and attended the Community Church of Nazarene, MI.Barney is survived by his children; Bernard E. Bearinger, Jr., of Phoenix, AZ, Sherry Lee (Kirk) Brewster of Midland, MI, Tana (Terry) Rohde of Lakewood, Co and Clayton Bearinger of Midland, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Mary Hasemeier and Janet Knotts.Barney was proceeded in death by his parents, wife of fifty years and mother of his four children, Remonda Jeanette (Batch) Bearinger and his second wife Mary (Rice) Bearinger, also three of five siblings, Noama Balmer, Pauline Poole, and Fonda (William) Dickerson.A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the American Legion Hall with Pastor Dave Anderson of Midland Nazarene Church officiating.In lieu of flowers donations can be made to American Legion, Berryhill Post 165, Midland, MI.Smith-Miner Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. On Line condolences can be left at smithminer.com