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Bernerd Rock Sr.

May 28, 1933-June 29, 2009

Bernerd J. Rock, Sr., 76 -- also known as "miizhikwaad," which means Ray of Sunshine, and "gitebwaan," which means Old Time Sioux, who was the oldest of Wolf Clan, or "maaingan doodem" --passed away at his home in Cass Lake on Monday, June 29, 2009.

Bernerd Jerome Rock was born to Wolf Rock and Nancy (Cummings) Rock LaRose on May 28, 1933 on Star Island, Leech Lake.

Bernerd was very active in veterans' affairs and belonged to the VFW Posts from Bagley, Amvets, Bemidji and Red Lake. He participated in various veterans' programs and was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), having received five all together from serving in the Army.

Bernerd enjoyed making and fixing things. He loved being in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and ricing and preparing finishing rice. He always was willing to help anyone in need.

Preceding Bernerd in death were his parents, one grandson, two great grandchildren, five sisters, three brothers and three wives -- Geraldine Stone, Lillian Litzau and Louise Bush.

Surviving Bernerd are his wife, Feather Rock of Cass Lake; children, Jolene Ajootian (Stone), Beryl Rock, Bonnie Rock, Jaqueline Peltier, Bernard Rock, Jr., Byron Rock, Bryan Rock, Brenda Burris (Rock), Betsy (Haas) Rock, Berton Rock and Dana Crawford (Arndt); 27 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; and numerous adopted family members.

A visitation/wake service for Bernerd started on Wednesday, July 1, at the Bena Community Center and will continue until the start of services at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 4, at the Bena Community Center. Burial will be held in Boy River Cemetery in Boy River, Minn.

Pallbearers will include Lenny Butcher, Joe Burris, Damian Badboy, Loren French, Clay Crawford, Jage Hunt, Joe Peltier, Lucas French and all his grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, Minn.