SCOBEY — Arthur Joseph Bernard was born March 5, 1911, to William and Beatrice (Turmel) Bernard at Saint Rose, Quebec. He passed away Feb. 9, 2011, at the Daniels Memorial Nursing Home.
Art came with his parents to the French Lane Community north of Scobey when he was 4 years old. He attended and graduated from the eighth grade at the LaPierre School. Art and Stella Erstad were married on Oct. 18, 1950, in Scobey at St. Philips Bonitus Church.
During the depression he worked in southern Idaho for two years returning to the Scobey area in 1938. At this time, he purchased and operated the Four Buttes Tavern until selling it at the end of WWII. He then entered into a partnership with Riley Ostby in Wolf Point, establishing the Servisoft water softening business. Art returned to Scobey in 1948, purchasing the Dodge and Plymouth dealership from Truman Bowen. He operated Bernard Motors, selling Chrysler products and Gleaner Combines until 1955. Art and Stella began farming in the south Four Buttes area in 1953, and he continued farming with his wife and son until his retirement.
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He was a Boy Scout leader while in Four Buttes running the tavern, as well as when his son Willie was active in Cub Scouting in Scobey. He was a lifelong member of St. Philip Bonitus Parish, was on the parish council as well as a Knights of Columbus member. He served on the Scobey City Council and The Daniels Memorial Hospital Board.
Art is survived by his wife, Stella and son William; sisters Leonie Blanc of Scobey and Josephine Boehlke of Tacoma, Wash.; as well as nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Jean Manley, Marian Murphy, Carmel Todd; and brothers Cyril, Leo, Joe, Gerard and Lawrence.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 12, with Father Pat Zabrocki officiating, with burial in the Scobey cemetery.