Bernie made the most of his life, he was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in New Jersey. After high school he wet into the Navy where he was stationed in Vietnam for 4 years. After getting out due to a injury, he went on to surveying, machinist and even found himself being a ranch hand.
He loved photography, shooting, hunting, fishing and teaching his children and grand children (even the ones that adopted him as a grandpa) about outdoor skills. He loved to teach his kids how to drive and make sure to watch and stop when the little piss ants crossed the road. He was also know for taking off the heads of the fish they would catch and make puppets out of them or asking us kids to pull his finger. He did have a serious and loving side to him when he would help us kids with our home work or when our mother was away on a job sitting down with us watching horror movies and comforting us and explaining that the blood wasn't real. He enjoyed get together's with friends and family.
He was survived by his beloved wife of 32 years Barbara Kasiewicz of McCoy CO., his daughters: Kathryn Clark (Mike) of Ft. Wayne IN., Michelle Ball (Steve) of Rifle CO., Tara Dahman of Ft. Wayne IN.. His grandchildren: Joshua Ehinger (Amy) of Ft. Wayne IN., Joseph Ball of Rifle CO., James Ball (Nicole) of Battlement Mesa CO. and his adopted granddaughter Kerensa Pillow (Thomas) of Rifle CO., also his great granddaughters: Ezra Ball, Valentine Pillow & Aurora Ball. Sister - Judi Gamba (Bill) of Woodbridge NJ., brother - Dennis Kasiewicz of NJ., 2 nephews, 1 niece and 2 great nephews. Mother-in-law Margaret Meyer of St. Petersburg FL., sister-in-law Katy Hair (Greg) of Lilburn GA. and many cousins and friends that were though of as family.
He was proceeded in death by both of his parents, 2 younger brothers, his father-in-laws, 1 brother-in-law and 1 sister-in-law.
He died peacefully in his sleep, which was a blessing, a way we would all love to go. Bernie will be greatly missed but always remembered.
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