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Bernie J. Bambas

Bernie J. Bambas

Tyndall, SD
1934, 2750, Fruitdale, DBR-2, Member

Bernie J. Bambas died on Tuesday, April 17, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall, at the age of 92 years, 2 months and 11 days.

Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, at United Methodist Church, Tyndall, South Dakota, with Pastor Mary-Lee Lint officiating. Music will be provided by organist Diane Bryan and soloist Lisa Knoll.

Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Tyndall V.F.W. and the Tyndall Volunteer Fire Department.

Color Guard will be members of the Simek-Ptak V.F.W. Post #6895.

Bernie J. Bambas was born on Sunday, February 6, 1916, on a farm near Tyndall to Frank and Stella (Benesh) Bambas. He attended two rural schools and Tyndall High School. He served 18 months in the Civilian Conservation Corps and enlisted in the Army in 1941. Bernie served 4 1/2 years with the 34th Red Bull Division as a Medical Technician in the European Theater of Operations. He was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during combat action in Italy and Africa.

Bernie was united in marriage to Doris Szymanski on November 7, 1946, in Yankton, South Dakota. He was a carpenter for 12 years before starting Bambas Construction, which he operated until his retirement in 1986. Bernie built many of the existing homes in the Tyndall area.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Tyndall V.F.W., and a 24-year member of the Tyndall Fire Department, Elliot Hose Company #1.

He enjoyed hunting, especially geese, fishing, gardening and golf.

Bernie is survived by his wife, Doris Bambas of Tyndall; one brother, Marvin (Barbara) Bambas of Chino, California; a brother-in-law, Pete Szymanski of Tyndall; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Stella Bambas, a brother, Frank Bambas, Jr., and two sisters, Florence and Eleanor.

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