Bernard James Thoenen, age 64 of Centertown, Mo., passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the University Hospital in Columbia.
Bernie was born on February 26, 1953 in Frankenstein, Mo. a son of Alfred and Evelyn (Clarkston) Thoenen.
Bernie was a tremendously hard working, true outdoorsman and racing fan. He was right at home with a hammer, fishing pole or deer rifle in his hand. He spent his life taking what mother nature provided and making something of it. Whether it was building a home or making wine he was great at it all. No matter the circumstances “It is what it is.”
Survivors include: his children, James Thoenen and Lisa Thoenen; siblings, Alfred Thoenen Jr., Kelvin “K” Thoenen, Rita Wood, Dwight “Herb” Thoenen, Joan Thoenen, DeWayne “Wayne” Thoenen, Mary Thoenen, Allen Thoenen and John Thoenen; grandchildren, Jonathan Koelling, Dawson Koelling and Stephanie Thoenen; and great-grandchildren, Blake Koelling, Parker Elliot, and Nicholas Elliot, Jr.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Humphrey.
A Celebration of Bernie’s Life will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 until 7:00pm Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Missouri Department of Conservation.