Allen W. Bernard, 76, of Brookfield, died on Nov. 15, 2018.
Born on July 9, 1941, he was a retired small business owner who enjoyed spending his time at Brookfield Zoo, reading World War II books, walking his dog, Pepper.
Mr. Bernard volunteered at the Boys’ Club of Cicero, where he was a charter member in 1950 and was honored as Boy of the Year for 1959-60. He remained active as a volunteer at the Boys’ Club, primarily as a basketball referee and game room supervisor, throughout his life. He extended his commitment to the Boys’ Club community by also serving as a United Way Ambassador for many years.
He also dedicated much of his time to volunteer activities in the community as a member of the Cicero-Berwyn Elks Lodge. He chaired the holiday food drive for 10 years, volunteered in the Easter Bunny program, and chaired the local children’s care program. For his hard work and dedication, he earned the honor of Elk of the Year.
Additionally, Mr. Bernard participated in fundraising events for the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, volunteered for Judy Baar Topinka’s political campaign, was a member of Cicero’s Special Events Committee, and a veteran of the Illinois National Guard.
Above all, he loved his grandsons and enjoyed watching their childhood sporting events and traveling with them on many family vacations to Disney World. He loved attending their school music programs and enjoyed volunteering at school fundraising events.
Mr. Bernard was the father of Wendy (Steve) Dressel; the grandfather of Jason Dressel and Eric Dressel; the brother of Dale (Marianne) Bernard; and the uncle of Eric (Heather) Bernard and Michelle (Dwight) Williams.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William J. Bernard and Helen (Krabec) Bernard; and his former wife, Linda. There will be no services per his request.
Memorial contributions are appreciated to the Boys’ Club of Cicero, 5500 West 25th Street, Cicero, 60804.
Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.