Bernard George Crall, age 83, of Albia, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at Oakwood Care Center in Albia under the care of EveryStep Hospice. He was born on April 20, 1936 on the family farm east of Georgetown, to John J. and Mary A. (Stone) Crall.
Bernard graduated from St. Patrick's Catholic School in Georgetown in 1953 and was valedictorian of his class. He married Charlene Anderson on November 23, 1957 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Albia with Father Harry Linnenbrink officiating. Bernard and Charlene were blessed with four children: Cathy, Tim, Dave and Jean Anne.
After high school, Bernard worked on the family farm until enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1954. He completed basic training at Fort Riley, KS and then was stationed at Erlangen, Germany for his tour of duty. He was proud of his service to his country. Upon his return from the service in 1956, he worked at Moloney Aluminum Door Company in Albia which later became Chamberlain Manufacturing. Bernard held several management positions at Chamberlain's, eventually becoming a general supervisor of the Albia plant. He also farmed part-time during those years. After leaving Chamberlain's in 1982, Bernard returned to being a full-time farmer. His passion was raising cattle, but he also enjoyed his paint horses. He actively continued cattle farming until the Fall of 2016. Bernard loved going to cattle auctions. He had an amazing ability to "run the numbers" in his head and could figure the price of a load of cattle as well as the price per head on the spot.
Bernard was a long-time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Albia. He served on the Parish Council and the St. Mary's School Board of Education. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus (K. of C.), St. Mary's Council 4167 and became a Fourth Degree member of the K. of C., Ottumwa McMullen Assembly in 1963. Bernard was also a member of the American Legion Howard Cessna Post #136, Albia.
His favorite activities were farming, watching the Chicago Cubs and attending his grandchildren's events. Bernard also loved dancing with Charlene and they were well-known in the community as being excellent dancers. He and Charlene even won a foxtrot championship in 1973 of which they were quite proud.
Bernard was a good friend to many, and he and Charlene rarely missed a reception or party for their family and friends. Most of all, he loved his family, his farm and his Catholic faith.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Charlene of Albia; his children, Dr. Catherine Crall (Mike Sinnott) of Dubuque, IA, Tim (DeeAnn) Crall of Worthington, MN and Dave (Cathy Jo) Crall of Albia; his grandchildren, Trevor (Allison) Crall, Colin (Christie) Sinnott, Meg (fiancé Ryne George) Sinnott, Taylor Crall, Brendan (fiancée Callie Leytem) Sinnott and granddaughter-in-law, Shelby Fuhs; his great-grandchildren, Kellan, Declan and Sloane Crall and Jocelyn and Molly Sinnott; his brother, Steve (Gloria) Crall; sisters, Mary Joanne (Mike) Wasko and Helen (Kenneth) Shepard; brother-in-law, Mick (Susan) Anderson; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jean Anne, his grandson, Jarred Crall, his parents, John and Mary, his brothers and sisters-in-law, John Joe and Olive Crall and William and Helen Marie Crall.
A private Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 with Father Mark Yates, C.PP.S. officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Albia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family in care of the Sinnott Funeral Home, 2030 Hwy 5, Albia, Iowa 52531. Memorials will be designated at a later date. A video recording of the funeral service will be available at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 4, 2020 on the St. Mary’s Albia Faith Formation Facebook page for all who would like to view the service.
A Celebration of Life service will be held once the COVID-19 regulations are lifted. Online condolences may be left for the family at sinnottfuneralhome.com.