Bernard Hargreaves

Bernard Hargreaves


October 27, 1931 - November 30, 2021


Bernard Hargreaves, 90, formerly of Stickney, SD, died Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Douglas County Memorial Hospital in Armour, SD. A private family funeral service will be held. Burial will be at Dudley Cemetery in rural Stickney. Visitation without family present will be from 2-4:00 PM Sunday, December 5, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Bernard was born October 27th, 1931 to George and Arvilla Clark Hargreaves southeast of Stickney. 

He attended grade school at the Sperlich Country School and graduated from Stickney High School in 1949.

He played independent sports for Stickney before being drafted into the Army. 

He was inducted into the Army on July 22, 1952, and spent his Basic Training at Camp Breckinridge in Kentucky. He spent 16 months in Korea with some of that time on the Front Line.  He received his Honorable Discharge in June of 1954.

On June 19th, 1955 he married Deana Shonley.

In the spring of 1955 he rented his Uncle Willards farm and then bought a dairy farm in 1959 from Harvey and Vi Larsen.

Bernard loved horses and had Draft Horses and quarter horses for many years.  He also had cattle, sheep, hogs, and many other animals along the way. 

They built a new home in 1991 and moved to the Ed Nowak place where they continued to farm. 

He served on many boards, such as the Farmers State Bank, elevator, school and church boards as well as the ASCS board. 

Bernard gave his heart to Christ at the age of ten when an Evangelist came to their church.  He was a lifetime member of the Stickney United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Deana of 66 years; four children: Dan (Marlene) Hargreaves, Pat (Kenny) Skinner, Jodi (Doug) Odens, and Nancy (Jay) Tolsma; eleven grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren;  two brothers, Delbert and Wilbur Hargreaves; and two sisters, Bernadine Bintliff and Sharon Gardner. 

Memorials received will be given to the Gideon’s for Bibles in his honor. 



Sunday, December 5, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Dudley Cemetery
Rural Stickney, SD

Posted by June Boone on December 10, 2021
So sorry for your loss. We loved visiting all the Hargreaves when we came to south Dakota. Dad( Laverne Reynolds) loved all his relatives very much. Bernard and Deana were always very hospitable. We love y'all. Will be praying for comfort for the family .
Posted by Marlene Schafer on December 8, 2021
Sp sprru fpr your loss Deana. I always admired your coming to work out at the Wellness Center. Holidays were always a nice time to visit about what our plans were. You did such a good job in caring for Bernard for a lot of years.
Posted by Cynthia Sayler Adams on December 6, 2021
So sorry to hear of your loss. The Sayler family sends prayers and love at this difficult time.
Posted by Doreen Weeldreyer on December 6, 2021
Our sympathy to all. Giving thanks for his life of faith. Prayers for comfort.
Posted by Chad and Janet Moser on December 6, 2021
Wonderful memories of Bernard and his family horse back riding , sharing family meals, laughing and sharing stories of our faith in Jesus. Bernard us finally home!
Posted by Amanda and Hallie Hargreaves on December 5, 2021
We sure will miss you Grandpa Bernard! We enjoyed coming to see you and Grandma Deana and bringing you ice cream. And bringing the dogs to see you. I am so glad we all got to see you for you 90th birthday and that we got to enjoy your company! Will sure miss your smile, you were always happy to see us, ALWAYS! “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”
Posted by C Hargreaves on December 5, 2021
Proud to have served in the US Army, just as Bernard did. The world woke up a less place the next morning after his passing.

May the wind always be at your back, may the warm sun shine upon your face. May you live as long as you want, and may you not want as long as you live... Farewell Grandpa.
Posted by Charlie Dush on December 5, 2021
My sympathies to Bernard's family. Bernard was an honest, fair and gentle man. He was a true friend of mine for over 40 years. I bought some of my first roan Belgian horses from him, thus began the 40+ years of friendship (and horse tradin'). He will always be remembered and deeply missed.
Posted by Bill Kortemeyer on December 4, 2021
I am so sorry for all the family who must go on without Bernard, but I cannot be sorry for him.
I always enjoyed him. I recall going to out to the farm to work on milking equipment many times.There was a time when he called me three Sunday mornings in succession. On the third call he said, "Well, it's Sunday morning and guess who needs you again."
So many wonderful memories!!
Posted by Greg Isakson on December 4, 2021
My deepest sympathies to Deana and family!! My Dad and Mom always thought the best of such great neighbors and friends! Bernard was a really good Man!!! May he rest in Peace with the Lord!
Posted by Wayne and Kristie Haines on December 3, 2021
Bernard and my father were both horse lovers and I was proud to call him my friend in the later years! We were all blessed to have known Him. God’s grace be with you all.
Posted by Bryan Doorn on December 3, 2021
My sympathy's go out to the family my
Parents were good friends with them they enjoyed playing card with them
Posted by Elinor Jandel on December 3, 2021
Love & prayers for the family.
Posted by Les Punt on December 2, 2021
My sympathy for the family during this difficult time
Posted by Crystal Myrmoe on December 2, 2021
I didn't know Bernard personally, however my prayers are with all his family and friends during this difficult time. Sending blessing and thoughts your way.
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