Bernard “Bernie” Lee Saathoff was born on June 17, 1938 in Ryan, Iowa, the son of George A. Sr. and Ella E. (Waddell) Saathoff. Lived on a farm near Hazleton and attended the Hazleton School and later moved to Oelwein and graduated from Oelwein High School in 1957. Shortly after graduation he enlisted into the U. S. Navy. Was in for four years (Korean Conflict) and received a Honorable Discharge on October 13, 1961. On returning back to Oelwein he began working for the Chicago Great Western Railroad which changed to Chicago Northwestern and then Union Pacific. He retired in August of 2003. Upon his retiring he began working as a maintence and janitorial man for the First Baptist Church in Oelwein until his health failed in March of 2012.
Bernie enjoyed bowling, camping, fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of First Baptist Church, American Legion and the Railroad Museum. Bernie was very active during his life and touched many lives. He will be dearly missed by all.
Bernie is survived by his wife, Becky of Oelwein, a daughter, Seena (Denny) Haar of Oelwein, four grandchildren, Amber, Brandon, Matt and Morgan, three great granddaughters, Sarah, Mary and Katie, a brother, George Jr. (Donna) Saathoff of Oelwein, six sisters, Betty (Paul) Damon of Oelwein, Deloris (Gale) Tellin of Westgate, Margey (Jim) Adams and Judy (George) Adams all of Clinton, Iowa, Delma (Ronnie) Abbott of Colorado and Bernice (Dick) Keegan of Arizona and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ella, a brother, Robert Saathoff, a sister and brother in-law, Loyal “Bud” and Joann Schult, a sister-in-law, Glenda Strand and his in-laws, Mardell and Howard Loux.
VISITATION: 4-7 PM on Friday, July 6, 2012 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 11 AM Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home.
He will be laid to rest in Woodlawn cemetery with miltary honors by the American Legion Ross Reid Post 9 of Oelwein.