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Bernard Beranek

Bernard Frederick “Bernie” Beranek, 81 of Cedar Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at Wheatland Manor in Wheatland. Celebration of Life Services took place Monday, Feb. 23, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, where full military rites were conducted. Burial took place in Cedar Memorial Cemetery.
Bernie was born Sept. 19, 1933, in West Branch, the son of Fred and Carrie (Zach) Beranek. He graduated in 1951 from Wilson High School in Cedar Rapids. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force serving four years where he taught mechanics of jet engines. He married his high school sweetheart Yvonne Kruse on Dec. 26, 1952, in Cedar Rapids. Bernie and Yvonne owned and operated the Coast to Coast Store and Marine/Snowmobile Department on 16th Avenue (Czech Village) in Cedar Rapids from 1956 until 1975. Bernie had a near fatal accident in 1971 but with the help of the family and friends continued to persevere. He received his real estate license in 1976, and later became a real estate appraiser. Bernie and Yvonne were involved with the Shueyville United Methodist Church for many years and through their donations helped fund many church expansions. He was proud of his development projects, which included Cumberland Ridge overlooking Coralville Lake and Indian Hills near Sandy Beach. They spent winters in Port Isabel, Texas where he was able to fish nearly everyday. Besides fishing, he enjoyed trapshooting, golfing, boating, skiing, camping, traveling and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren. 
Bernie is survived by his children, Joni (Gary) King of Eldridge, Terry (Fran Smith) Beranek of Cedar Rapids and Cindy Beranek of Robins; four grandchildren Corey (Stacie) King of Chicago, Kristi (Nick) Cummins of Newton, Chad Hoeger of Toddville and Carrie Hoeger of Robins; two step-grandchildren Jenny (Rick) Rigel and Lynn (Karen) Smith; four great-grandchildren, Colin, Allyson, Kylie and Hayden; two step-great-grandchildren Alexander and Mason; his sister Nadine “Deanie” (Larry) Young of Solon; a half-brother David Beranek of Livonia, Mo., and three nephews and one niece. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Yvonne and a half-brother Donnie Beranek.
Memorials may be directed to the family.