Bernard “Junior” Medinger, 79 of Bellevue passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 7, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue. A visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue and again Thursday morning from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273.
Junior was born on August 5, 1940 on the family farm in Washington Township, the son of Bernard Sr and Virginia (Gerardy) Medinger. He graduated from Bellevue Marquette High School, and then completed the Dale Carnegie School and Parachutists School for skydiving. Junior lived south of Bellevue on the family farm, then in 1960 moved into Bellevue. He served his country in the 82nd Army Airborne Division 1958-1960. He is survived by his wife Donna (Laffey-Long) Medinger. Bernie and Donna were married on November 2, 1979.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a Charter member of the Bellevue Ambulance, he served on the Bellevue Police Department. He retired from John Deere in 1990. He most enjoyed navigating the Mississippi as a Riverboat Captain. He enjoyed skydiving, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren and family. No one was a stranger to Junior.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; children, Lisa (Joe) Theisen, Lori (Stephen) Wells, Jim (Chris) Long and John (Angie) Long; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; siblings Don Medinger, Rich (Gloria) Medinger, Phyllis Yeager, Mary (Dennis) Guenther and Betty David. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Junior was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Kay Long-Finch; a great granddaughter, Kinzlee Long; a sister, Velma Benesch; parents, Bernard and Virginia (Gerardy) Medinger, Sr.
The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the Bellevue Police Department and ambulance volunteers for all of their support over the years, the staff of Mill Valley Care Center, the staff at Hospice of Jackson County as well as the love, support and kindness of many dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Jackson County or Parkinson’s foundation in his name.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com