Bernard J. Hiestand was born Feb. 17, 1939, and died April 9, 2009, at age 70.
He was born in Brook, Ind., the son of Basil Hiestand and Hettie Abbott.
He graduated from Brook High School in 1957.
After high school, he joined the United States Army, serving tours in Germany, Korea and Vietnam. He retired from the military in Leesville, La., after 22 years of active duty.
He was employed in several lines of work, including owning his own insurance agency.
In his later years, he joined his family in Thayer, Mo.
He is survived by: his mother, Hettie Abbott of Thayer, Mo.; four children, Leila (Joey) Strickland, Paul (Robyn) Hiestand, Ramona (Tony) Bombassi, and Jeffrey (Christina) Hiestand; one sister, Lois Johnson; two brothers, Douglas Hiestand and Charles Abbott; eight grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by: his father, Basil Hiestand.
Bernard's wishes were to be cremated, and buried alongside his family in Brook, Ind.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Thayer. A private family service will follow in Louisiana later.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association. This obituary may be viewed online at http://www.claryfuneralhome.com.