Ronald Ronnie Bernard

August 8, 1940 ~ January 3, 2011

Ronald C. Bernard, age 70, passed away Monday, January 3, 2011, at a local hospital.

Born August 8, 1940, in Iota, he was the owner/operator of Bernard's Air Conditioning. He enjoyed his work very much. Preceding him in death were his parents, Bruce Bernard and Gertrude B. Cooper, and a step-daughter, Deborah Smooch. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Frances Simmons Bernard of Lake Charles; three sons, Scott Bernard and wife, Nancy, Dan Bernard, and Jim Bernard all of Lake Charles; two daughters, Karen Hutto and Charlotte Landry both of DeQuincy; a step-son, Darren Armistead of Lake Charles; and a granddaughter, Bonnie Bernard of Lake Charles.

His funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2011, at Johnson Funeral Home. Rev. Ronnie Estes will officiate. Burial will follow in Prien Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 10 a.m. until time of services.

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  1. Charlotte, so sorry for the loss of your Father. Wishing you and your Siblings our thoughts and prayers at this time. Sorry that I can not attend in person. Best wishes.

  2. Dear Mrs. Bernard,Even though Ronnie and I met many times in a business atmosphere, I always enjoyed his company. Know that he will be missed. Our prayers are with you and yours.

  3. Dear Mrs. Frances Bernard, As I write this concolence, I am just now reading the obituary as Ronnie's funeral is ongoing. I am so sorry for your (our) loss. As you know, Ronnie has been my AC man forever. Always fair, reasonable, and timely, not to mention always with a witicism or story to share. He will be greatly missed by me and Liz for always taking care of us at home or the 4-plex. Our prayers are with you and your family. Judson and Liz McCann

  4. Francis and Family,I am so sorry for your loss. Ronnie was such a special person, always went the extra mile to help. I can't imagine not hearing Ronnie every winter tell me that the heater acting up was all in my head. He will be missed by all of us.You are in my prayers and thoughts.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss.My mom and I always enjoyed your dad coming to our home.He was always caring and professional.I know the memories you shared will see you thru these hard times.My thoughts are with you and your family.

  6. I was so saddened to hear of Ronnie's passing. I have so many good memories of him. Ronnie was kind of an adopted cousin to all of the Vic Marie Tramonte clan. I will always remember his sense of humor. He could always make you laugh. He always went out of his way to make sure you were happy. We had a lot of great times at Maw Maw Paw Paw Tramonte's houses which awlays included coffee and food and Ronnie was right in the midst of it with us. Ronnie may be gone but like the memories of my grandparents, my memories of Ronnie will live on. Praying for all of you during this time.

  7. My daddy was one of Bruce's brothers. I learned of Ronnie's death today from Dale, another of the brothers. I grew up with Ronnie and Audrey Faye and saw quite a bit of them in Iota when our grandmother was living. I would have come had I known sooner. I am very sorry to learn of his death and would ask that you express my condolences to all of the family.

  8. Ronnie was a true loyal friend to my dad, Walter Buntyn. He loved my mom's italian cookies and helped her with her central unit many, many times before and after Dad passed away. He stored the drafting table that my Dad made by hand and later was able to pass it on to Walter's grandaughter when she majored in architecture in college. It is so special to her and Dad entrusted it to Ronnie,his sincere true friend He will be surely missed. Kathy Buntyn Maxon

  9. To the Bernard family:Mr. Bernard was our A/C man for years and a friend of my family. I was deeply saddened to hear of his death. He was warm, loyal, professional and trustworthy… and just a pleasure to be around. Please accept our deepest condolences. Your family is in our prayers.

  10. We were customers of Bernards. Altho we were not happy to have AC problems, we always looked forward to seeing him and enjoyed his sense of humor. He was a good, trustworthy man and he will be missed. He was one of a kind. We are sorry for your loss. Sara Wood Sam Monticello

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