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Bernard Lee Venne June 4, 1936 – December 12, 2023

Bernard Lee Venne, 87, passed away at his home in Brunswick, MO on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.  A private family graveside service will be held in Evergreen Cemetery in DeWitt, MO at a later date.

Bernard or BL, as he was known to his family and friends, was born on June 4, 1936 in Virginia, MN to Emma (Windhauser) and Delor Venne.  He graduated from Mountain Iron High School in 1954.  On July 8, 1959, he enlisted in the United States Army and served his nation until being honorably discharged on July 7, 1961.  On November 30, 1963, he was united in marriage to Illa Durby in Iowa.  Together they raised Barney, Judy, PJ, Jim, Jean, Elsie, and Rodney.  Illa preceded him in passing on September 17, 1998.

BL was a lifelong trucker until his retirement.  He loved visiting with family and friends, fishing, playing cards, being outside, and playing bingo.  He was a member of the Malta Bend American Legion Post #558.

BL is survived by his four stepchildren, Jim Freel and his wife Roxanne of Nevada, IA, Jean Williams of Marshall, MO, Elsie Roberts of Brunswick, MO, and Rodney Griffith of Doha, Qatar; eight grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; several brothers; and he is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Illa; his stepsons, Barney Griffith and PJ Griffith, one stepdaughter, Judy Freel; and his significant other, Patricia “Pat” Franklin.

Arrangements under the direction of Breshears Memorial Chapel.

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