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Bernard H. Alsum

Bernard H. Alsum

Dec. 1, 1932 - Dec. 18, 2008

WILLMAR -- Bernard Harold "Bernie" Alsum, 76, of Willmar, died Thursday at Bethesda Heritage Center Nursing Home in Willmar.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bunde Christian Reformed Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Finstad-Week Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1639 of Willmar.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church and one hour prior to the service Tuesday. Arrangements are by Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg. Memorials are preferred to Gideons International.

He was born Dec. 1, 1932, in Randolph, Wis., to Harvey and Elizabeth (Huizenga) Alsum. He grew up in Randolph and attended Randolph Christian School through eighth grade. He later earned a high school diploma in 1983. He worked on the family farm until 1954, when he joined the U.S. Army. He served at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and in Korea and Iwo Jima, Japan, until his discharge in 1956.

He married Gladyce Jean Brouwer on June 15, 1956, in Bunde. They lived and farmed in Edwards Township in Kandiyohi County until 1994, when they moved to Willmar.

He was a member of Bunde Christian Reformed Church and served as an elder on the church council for 12 years, was a member and past president of the Men's Society, a member of the Mr. and Mrs. Society, the Search Committee and Finance Board, and served as a Friendship teacher and Sunday School teacher. He was active with the Gideons, serving as vice president of the Willmar Camp and as president, and had served as chaplain, state scripture coordinator, state area coordinator and was active with the jail ministries for more than 20 years.

He was a former chairman and supervisor of the Edwards Township Board, member of the Kandiyohi County Association of Townships Board, the Corn Growers Board and the Soybean Growers. He volunteered for People on Watch and as a driver for Social Services.

He is survived by his wife; four sons: Greg Alsum of Bayfield, Colo., Arlyn (and Julie) Alsum of Raymond, Joel (and Susan) Alsum of Waupun, Wis., and Chad (and Julie) Alsum of Woodbury; three daughters: Bonnie (and Steve) Pruett of Grand Rapids, Mich., Krista (and Gene) Van Bruggen of Sheldon, Iowa, and Tamera (and William) Angus of Pawcatuck, Conn.; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers: Gerald (and Jen) Alsum of Brandon, Wis., Donald (and Marianne) Alsum of Winona, Marvin (and Joanne) Alsum of Randolph, Wis., and Norm (and Ruth) Alsum of Alto, Wis.; and a sister: Dorene (and Nick) Hengeveld of Beloit, Wis.

He was preceded in death by one brother.