Bernard Allen Quaschnick was born Oct. 30, 1945, in Linton, N.D., to Walter and Jane (Brandner) Quaschnick. He was raised on a farm near Herreid, S.D.
He attended Northern State University for a year prior to being drafted for the Vietnam War. Bernie then enlisted into the Air Force where he became a flight instrument repairman.
After discharging from the service, he attended Black Hills State University where he played football for one year. In 1970, Bernie started working as an insurance agent for Campbell County Bank in Herreid. This is where he met his wife, Sharon (Stern). They were married on June 2, 1973. and made their home in Aberdeen, S.D.
After a couple of years they moved to Mobridge, S.D., and raised two daughters, Lynn and Kari. While in Mobridge he worked for Citizen’s Bank and later State Farm Insurance. In 2006, after 31 years in Mobridge, Bernie transferred offices to Custer, S.D., and eventually retired at the age of 69. He put in a total of 34 years with State Farm.
While in Mobridge and Custer, Bernie was an active member of the community. Various organizations he attended include the Naja T Shriners, American Legion, Masons, Jesters and Ducks Unlimited. He was also very involved in the Moose Lodge in Mobridge. Bernie attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Mobridge and Custer Lutheran Fellowship.
Bernie enjoyed fishing for walleye on Lake Oahe and pheasant hunting on the family farm. His passion for classic cars and Corvettes had him traveling near and far for car auctions and shows. You could always count on Bernie to be cheering for the Minnesota Twins and checking the local sports scores. Working for State Farm allowed Bernie and Sharon to travel the U.S. and world and create lasting friendships. No matter where his travels led him, he would encounter someone he had known. Bernie is remembered for his quick wit, infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit.
Bernie was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and battled a courageous fight for over four years. Bernie died peacefully Oct. 25, 2018, at his home. He was 72.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter; and his mother, Jane.
Bernie is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Lynn (Jon Coyne) and Kari (Tyler Kurica); three grandsons, Cameron, Alex and Owen Coyne; five brothers, Dennis (Bonnie), Ronnie (Zita), Eugene (LaVida-deceased), Rick (Louise), and Jess (Marie); four sisters, Shelley (Dan Martin), Kelly (Gary Peightal), Wendy (Dennis Feist) and Bobbi (Grady Heitmann); step-mother, Deloris Quaschnick; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Custer Lutheran Fellowship. Memorials may be sent to Naja T Shriners Children’s Travel Fund or Wounded Warriors.