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Bernard L. Cavner

cavnergrpressMr. Bernard L. Cavner, age 85, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. He grew up near Kent Country Club on the northeast side of Grand Rapids. Bernard was a 1945 graduate of Creston High School where he sang in the school choir. Immediately after he got that letter from Uncle Sam that said, “I need you,” he enlisted in the US Navy and served during the Korean War. After the service, Bernard met Audrey Jean Smith at his family home. They had a loving courtship for a few years, and then he asked her to marry him at her folk’s home in Shelbyville, MI. Bernard worked as a Power House Engineer at Diesel Equipment for over 30 years. In his free time he enjoyed woodworking and was an avid reader. Both he and Audrey enjoyed being with their family, traveling, watching birds, and wintering in McAllen, TX. He loved his family and enjoyed every moment with them, including the times at Wilderness State Park. He was a Life Member of the Rockford Masonic Lodge #246 F&AM. The Cavner family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Metron of Cedar Springs and Hospice of MI for the love, care, and compassion given to Bernie. Bernard is survived by his wife Audrey; children, Gary and Holly Cavner, Pat and Lori Cavner, Roberta and Paul Shiels; 7 grandchildren, Stuart (Kristy) Cavner, Courtney (Chad) English, Jason (Brooke) Cavner, Amber Cavner, Derek and Adrienne Shiels, Craig and Jennifer Shiels, Kimberly Shiels; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dale (Elaine) Cavner, Bob (Kay) Cavner, Donald (Sharon) Cavner, Ron (Evelyn) Cavner; sister-in-law, Mrs. Nena Cavner. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne. The Service for Mr. Cavner will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Rowland officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Hospice of MI, 989 Spaulding Ave., SE, Ada, MI 49301. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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