Bernard D. Addleman, age 85 of Dupont, Indiana went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 2nd with his family by his side.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2023, at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Service. Rev. Leon Turner and Rev. Tom Fellows will officiate. Burial will be in the Dupont Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2023 and again from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Friday.
Bernard was born September 12, 1937 the only child to Floyd D and Louise (Porter) Addleman on the family farm near Dupont, Indiana. He attended Dupont Elementary and Lovett school in his early years and proudly graduated from Paris Crossing in 1955.
He met the love of his life, Claris Green, on a blind date and they were married June 29, 1957 in Wirt Baptist Church. They worked side by side on the family farm while he also worked at Cummins Engine Company. He retired from Cummins in 1987 after 31 years. He always said the best job he had at Cummins was when he was “President of the entertainment committee” which found him on a golf cart spreading joy and cheer to the other workers. He was a quiet jokester, always up for a good laugh. Bernard was also a veteran serving in the Indiana National Guard and Army Reserve for 8 years.
His father instilled in him a solid, honest work ethic as they worked together on the family farm and he passed this on to his children. He loved farming and his cattle. He was always on the move and would tell his kids that if you stand too long in one place, the grass will grow under your feet. In his early years he loved to coon hunt with one of his best friends, Benton Harrison, and the Harrison boys. Later in life, he and his good friend, Bruce, loved to fish and they spent hours waiting on benches while their wives shopped. Bernard and Claris loved to spend time in Renfro Valley listening to bluegrass music. He enjoyed visits from his family and when they were leaving, he always told them “look both ways.”
He was a Deacon and active member of Bible Baptist Temple for over 40 years. He loved his church and church family. If the doors were open, he was there.
Bernard will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 65+ years, Claris Ann, his daughters, Sherry (Tim) Bodenberg, Marlene (Kevin) Orrill, Bernie Sue (Jeff) Sones, his son, Dwight (Rita) Addleman and granddaughter/caregiver, Elizabeth (Greg) Keys.
Surviving in addition to his wife and children, are his grandchildren, Felicia (Tyler) Calvert, Brandy Allen (Kenny Stanley), Joel (Nicki) Burnette, Annie (Adrian) Royce, Benjamin Orrill, Brodie Ann (Taylor) LeFever and Jaycie Sones. Several great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Brother in laws Gene (Sarah Jane) Green, James (Janet) Green, Marion Pulliam, Danny Green, Jack LeGrand, Dale LeGrand, sister in laws, Glenda (Isaac) Falor, Rose Conway (Craig), Connie (Danny) Day, Peggy LeGrand, Mary Jo Walters and cousin Carolyn (Larry) Scroggin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Louise Addleman, mother in law, Lena Phillips and her husband Paul Phillips, father in law, Glen Green and his wife Wanda Green, brother in law, Harold Green, sister in laws, Dorothy Green, Donna Pulliam and niece, Tina Snyder.
Memorials may be made to Bible Baptist Temple, Lancaster, Indiana through the funeral home or sent to Sawyer Pickett Funeral Home, PO Box 112, North Vernon, IN 47265.
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