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Bernard Adam

Bernard Michael "Bernie" Adam

Sunday, January 11th, 1953 - Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
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Bernard Michael (Bernie) Adam, 67, of Garden City, passed from this life on May 6, 2020, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Bernie was born on January 11, 1953, to Ben and Bertha (Reinert) Adam in Plainville, KS. The family moved to Esbon in 1956 where he went to school and worked on the family farm until they moved to Tipton in 1969. He completed his education at Tipton High School in 1971.

After high school he started his lifelong work in construction and carpentry, eventually starting Bernard Adam Construction in Garden City. He found a true passion in helping people when he became the Housing Program Coordinator at the Center for Independent Living in Garden City for three years. He built and remodeled many homes and businesses in Garden City and the surrounding area throughout the years and did beautiful work.

He married the love of his life, Mary Bergmann, in 1978 and moved to Garden City where they built a beautiful home and had three wonderful children, Katie, Kelsie, and Joseph.

He is survived by his wife, Mary and children Katie Bird and husband Jeff of Rose Hill, KS, Kelsie McMillan and husband Brandon of Hays, KS, and Joseph of Kansas City, MO, his brother John Adam and wife Albertha of Salina, sister Kathryn Burghart and husband Bernie of Salina, sister Tilly Kirchner of Charlotte, NC, brother Ed Adam and wife Judy of Tipton, brother Jack Adam of Des Moines, IA, sister Suzie Talbert of Pasadena, CA, sister Barb Reinert and husband Alan of Wichita, along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. He is also survived by four grandchildren that he loved dearly: Aiden, Sophia, Hailey, and Addyson.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Bertha Adam, sister Lenora Mick, sister Margaret Henry, brother Charles Adam, sister Loretta Murray, sister Mary Sharrow, and sister Caroline Whittecar.

Memberships include St. Dominic Catholic Church, St. Dominic Property Commission, and Knights of Columbus- 3rd Degree.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends, vintage automobiles, and collecting coins. His favorite way to spend a weekend would be attending an auction followed by an Old Western marathon, with Church and NASCAR on Sunday. Bernie will be remembered for his strong faith in God, his courage, his amazing ability to fix anything, and his sense of humor that came out at the most unexpected moments. He will be missed and remembered by everyone who knew him.

At an appropriate time, a Memorial Mass will be held at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Garden City.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be sent to St. Dominic Catholic Church, Hospice of St. Catherine Hospital, or the Heartland Cancer Center, all in Garden City and all in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City.
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Barb Reinert

Posted at 01:45am
Our brother Bernie was named after our dad and so he was a Junior. Growing up, in our home he was called Junior by all of us. Bernard is a big name for a little boy. As he grew up, he wanted to be called Bernie. And so, even though we stumbled over the change a bit, we got used to calling him as he wanted Bernie Adam. And it fit him so well. He will be missed by our entire family, the little boy Junior and the dear husband, dad, and grandpa Bernie. Eternal rest dear brother.

Schmitt Carmen

Posted at 09:59pm
You have my sincere sympathy. I’m asking God to comfort you in your grief.
Carmen S.

Shelli Bergmann

Posted at 01:22pm
Uncle Bernie, had such a huge smile! He always sat at the family gatherings in a chair a little out of the loop of the family, but you always tell he was soaking everything we talked about because his hugs smile would come out at the appropriate times. He loved his children, grandchildren, and my beautiful Aunt Mary so much! They were his heart and soul. Love you so much Uncle Bernie. You will be missed. I am glad you are not suffering anymore and walking side by side with God! Xoxo

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Posted at 12:27pm
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Rich Meier

Posted at 03:50pm
So sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing. Please know that he is in our prayers as are you and the children.
Rich Meier

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