Kenneth Wayne Bernhardt was born September 4th, 1943 in Haxtun, Colorado. Second child of three boy's of Walter E. Bernhardt and June Ruth Bernhardt. Kenneth grew up on a family farm in Northern Yuma County in Colorado with his two brothers Clark Bernhardt and Leonard Bernhardt. Kenneth went to grade school at Wages ,Colorado. After finishing grade school in 1956 he promoted to Wray High School and graduated from there in 1962. <br />
Kenneth then moved to Englewood, Colorado and worked at Star Bakery in 1968. Afterwards Kenneth moved to Georgetown, Colorado working on making a highway tunnel through the rocky mountains Continental Divide known as the Eisenhower Tunnel, then in May of 1965 Kenneth enlisted into the Navy and became a Aircraft Mechanic on the USS Oriskany- nicknamed Mighty O, and occasionally referred to as the O boat- was one of the few Essex-class aircraft carriers completed after World War 2 for the United States Navy. The ship was named for the Battle of Oriskany during the Revolutionary War. Afterwards in 1968 Kenneth was transferred to USS Air Craft Carrier Enterprise (CVN-65) in the South Pacific in Vietnam Gulf of Tonkin, was a decommissioned United States Navy aircraft carrier. She was the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eight United States naval predecessor of World War 2 fame, she is nicknamed "Big E". <br />
In May of 1969 Kenneth was discharged from the Navy. <br />
Then Kenneth reaching one more goal and enrolled into the A&P Aircraft School in Broomfield, Colorado and received his A&P license. His A&P Aircraft School in Colorado's mission was to provided technical training for people to work on residential and commercial HVAC, spacecraft and satellites and commercial and military aircraft. Kenneth worked on the Airlines flying into Phoenix at that time included American, TWA, Frontier and Western. <br />
In 1971 Kenneth moved to Tucson, Az and started working for ARSACO as a Mechanic and Electrician for diesel engines. Eight years later Kenneth and his beautiful bride Maria LaMarche were united in marriage on Wednesday, September 12th at 2pm at the Wray United Methodist Church. Kenneth took on Maria Bernhardt's five children four girls and one son and loved them all as his own Julie, Jeanette, Jane, David and June. Kenneth took care of Maria and she took care of him. Still employed at ASSACO Kenneth was promoted to a Supervisor's position and continued to take care of his loving family. <br />
In 2001 Kenneth retired from ARSACO Copper Mines and continued to to care for his family he enjoyed working on his home and garden. After some time Kenneth got physically ill. After his beloved wife Maria Bernhardt passed away on June 7th, 2019, Kenneth's health continued to get worse. Kenneth decided his last days to be with his family on January 26th 2020 Kenneth was surrounded by his loving family comforting hm in his last hours holding his hand, and listening to his last words of wisdom. Kenneth took his last breath and passed away. Kenneth was quite simple and the last authority of his own death. <br />
Kenneth will always be remembered by those of us who knew him and loved him. Although we will miss him, his smile, his funniness, his love, we take consolation in the good feelings of our memories to hang on to. He was a awesome role model, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and a friend. His guidance and love will carry us though to the end of our days until we meet again.
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