OBIT: Bernie' Alban Deplazes

‘Bernie’ Alban Deplazes was born March 27 1942, at Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, ND, to Bernard and Voilet (Verke) Deplazes. Bernie passed peacefully on Wednesday Dec. 2, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial for Bernie will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake with the Very Reverend C.F. Wilhelm celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post No. 756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team. The funeral Mass will be live-streamed at Visitation at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from until 7 p.m. with a Rosary led by Gary Kurtz and Scripture Service led by Reverend Mr. Ken Severinson, Deacon. Bernie attended Ontairo Township one room school in Crary, ND, and later graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Devils Lake, in 1960. After High School Bernie held various jobs while living at the Devils Lake Fire Hall and volunteering as a fireman. He later joined the Navy and after basic training in Florida, he married the love of his life Carol Daniels on Aug. 19, 1963, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The couple moved to Port Heuneme in CA, where Bernie was stationed at Point Mugu. While there, they had three children - Troy (1964), Jacqueline (1965) and Janet (1966.) After four years of honorable service Bernie attended Lake Region College for drafting and surveying, moved his family to Rapid City, SD, and then Denver, CO, until settling back in Devils Lake. Bernie worked for North Star Distributing and IF LaFleur before going back to college in Devils Lake for Carpentry. After working for Great Plains, Bernie built his own home north of Devils Lake with the help of Tim Hoffart. He later worked as a salesman for Stoudt Ford before opening Lake Country Auto Sales with partners Paul Aaser and Jim Swigart. Years later his son, Troy, joined the business. Bernie ran the business for 25 years before retiring. After retirement he worked for Lake Region RV and Ramsey County Weed Control. Bernie had many jobs but his most loved job was being a grandpa. He took it very seriously and he was the best at it. He was the "Fun Grandpa" the grand kids loved going to the farm and seeing what new stuff grandpa had for them. They also got to enjoy their grandpa’s hobbies with him, he enjoyed hunting, shooting, snowmobiling, riding horses, classic cars, golf cars and camping. He always said “If I had known grandkids were so much fun, I would have had them first.” Bernie was a farmer at heart and loved combining for his son-in-law in Windsor, ND. He was a dedicated part of the crew for 15 years and ran a 1997 John Deere 9600. This was his combine and no one else could run it and Craig wasn’t allowed to trade it. Bernie was a life-time member for the Knights of Columbus and the VFW and also belonged to the Eagles and Elks Clubs. He is survived by; his loving wife of 57 years, Carol; son, Troy (Stacie), Larimore, ND; daughters, Jacqueline (Craig) Staloch, Windsor, ND, Janet (David) Harrington, Maxwell, IA; grandchildren, Christoper (Kellie) Wentz, Haley (Colby) Gannon, Justin (Tiffany) Staloch, Will Staloch, Wyatt Staloch, Samantha Staloch, Alyna (Conner) Johnson, Amanda Harrington and Davey Harrington; and great-grandchildren, Christopher Jr., Maya, Malika and Jade; sisters, Connie (Jack) Klecker, Surprise, AZ, Kathy (Kent) Sundeen, Sharon, ND; brothers, Kenny (Jan) Deplazes, Devils Lake, Richard (Jeanne) Deplazes, Farmington, MN; brothers-in-law, Eddie (Bev) Daniels Drake ND, Donnie (Colleen) Daniels, Mike (Kim) Daniels, Pat (Dawn) Daniels all of Devils Lake; and sister-in-law, Amy (Terry) Turner, Priest River, ID. He was preceded in death by; his parents; and in-laws, Ed and Frances Daniels. Pallbearers: Chris Wentz, Justin Staloch, Will Staloch, Wyatt Staloch, Davey Harrington, Connor Johnson and Colby Gannon. Honorary Pallbearers: Haley Gannon, Alyna Johnson, Amanda Harrington, Samantha Staloch and Tiffany Staloch.

Posted online on December 09, 2020