Bernard William Aulwes passed away on December 21, 2023, at Lucas County Health Center surrounded by his family. A visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 2023, at the First Lutheran Church in Chariton followed by military honors. There will be a luncheon served at Lakeview Country Club following services. Memorials may be made to the Vision II Theatre.
Born on November 28, 1930, in Guttenberg, Iowa, Bernie's journey through life was marked by remarkable achievements and a vibrant personality that touched the lives of countless individuals. He was the 2nd child of 6 born to Ben and Beatrice (Bogert) Aulwes.
From an early age, Bernie displayed a love for the water, having been raised on the Mississippi River. He found solace and joy in anything related to the water. After graduating from Guttenberg High School in 1948, he joined the Navy in May of the same year. Serving with honor and distinction, he was honorably discharged as a Radarman Class A - Radio Operator in June 1952.
Building upon his passion for business, Bernie pursued higher education and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Business. Armed with his education and unwavering work ethic, he embarked on a successful career path that spanned several notable positions. He served as the Clayton County Auditor and later took on roles as City Manager in Maquoketa and Chariton, Iowa. His commitment to public service extended beyond these roles. He dedicated his time as a Grant Writer for Garden and Associates. Moreover, his dedication to community progress led him to be a member of the Iowa League of Municipalities Executive Board.
Bernie's jovial nature made him a people person who possessed an innate ability to solve problems. His affinity for numbers gave him an edge in strategizing effective solutions. He approached life with open arms and an infectious enthusiasm that ensured he never knew a stranger. Always ready to have a good time, he cherished moments spent with loved ones.
Outside of work, Bernie indulged in various hobbies and interests that brought him immense joy throughout his years. His love for golfing took him to the greens, where he honed his skills and created lasting memories. Woodworking served as a creative outlet for his talents, allowing him to craft beautiful pieces of art. Bernie's passion for dance brought rhythm and laughter into his life, while quality time with family held a special place in his heart.
Bernie, with his persistent dedication and unwavering commitment, achieved numerous milestones that made him proud. He was an active member of the First Lutheran Church, serving on the Church Council and enthusiastically contributing to various church projects. Additionally, he belonged to the Chariton Saddle Club and played a pivotal role as the 1st Director of the lighted float parade organized by the Chariton Chamber. Bernie also holds the distinction of being one of the founding members of the Vision II Theatre Board.
Bernie will be remembered as a devoted Husband, Dad, Father-in-law, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Great-Great Grandpa, and family member who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Joanne; children: Nancy Stansbery, Kim (Scott) Noble, Lori (Jim) Moore, Jamie (Ann) Aulwes, and Gunn-Marit Kristiansen; 14 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; and siblings: Jerry Aulwes, Helen (Duane) Schwarz, and Carl (Rita) Aulwes.
Furthermore, Bernie is preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Beatrice Aulwes; sisters, Pat and Grace; great-granddaughter, Maely; brothers-in-law: Vic, Vince, and Bill; sister-in-law, Florence; as well as nephews: Brian, Johnny Ray, and Mike.