July 27, 1920-July 6, 2010
Bernard J. Revering, 89, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, July 6 at St. Mary's-Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes.
A mass of Christian burial is set for 11 a.m. Friday, July 9 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes.
Interment services will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 12 at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, Minn.
Bernard Joseph Revering was born to Anton and Mary (Kraemer) Revering on July 27, 1920 in Perham. A well known outdoor writer and sportsman, he was known to everyone as "Bernie" and his byline was widely recognized.
Bernie received his early education at St. Henry's Catholic School and then at Perham High School. His family moved to St. Cloud in 1939. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1942 and served with distinction as a front line surveyor and observer in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Following his discharge in 1946, he attended the University of Minnesota and subsequently began a lifetime employment with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).
Bernie was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Kennedy June 13, 1953 in St. Paul. While with the MnDOT, his assignments included positions in St. Paul, St. Cloud, and for many years, he was the District Right of Way Engineer for the Detroit Lakes District. As a professional highway engineer, he supervised a staff of technicians, appraisers and acquisition specialists, securing necessary land for highway improvements. He retired in April 1987 after 41 years of service.
Bernie enjoyed hunting and fishing in southern Canada, in Minnesota and in the Dakotas, seeking waterfowl, deer, and upland game birds. He held life memberships in the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, the Becker County Sportsmen's Club, the Outdoor Writer's Association of America and the Knights of Columbus. He was also active in the American Legion and the Cormorant Lakes Sportsmen's Club.
In May 1972, Bernie began writing an outdoor column he chose to name "The Becker County Sportsman," expertly addressing guns and tackle, sportsmanship, hunting ethics and techniques. The column appeared weekly in the Detroit Lakes Tribune and he also wrote for the Sportsmen's News in Bemidji, The Outdoor Outlines in Sauk Rapids, The Outdoor News of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Waterfowl Magazine, among others. His writings and opinions were held in high regard by his many readers.
Surviving Bernie are his wife Beverly of Detroit Lakes; daughters Laura Jean (Anton) Palodichuk of St. Paul and Judith Ann (Kurt) Liebe of Portland, Ore.; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Palodichuk, Keith Liebe and Erin Liebe; and one sister, Mildred (Robert) Nelson of Pine River, Minn.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Rev. Leo A. Revering; and a sister, Catherine Windels.
David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at www.daviddonehower.com.