Elwin P. Bernahl (93) of Altamont


Published on November 27 2012 4:21 pm

Elwin P. Bernahl 93 years old of Altamont, died on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM at
the Lutheran Care Center, Altamont, Illinois.

Funeral Services will be conducted Friday morning November 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the
Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Altamont with the Rev. Clayton Vail officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be conducted from 5:00pm-8:00pm on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Kull Funeral Chapel, Altamont, Illinois. A second visitation will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church from 10:00 am until 11:00 am or the time of the funeral services at the church.  Military Burial Rites will be conducted at the church cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

Elwin Philip Bernahl was born April 25, 1919 in the Bethlehem Community, Effingham County near Altamont, Illinois. He was the son of Otto and Martha Muchow-Bernahl. Elwin was a life member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed his faith. After returning from his service to his country Elwin married Ester Leppin on January 27, 1946, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Together, Elwin and Esther were blessed with three children: Linda, Jeanne and Robert. When the children were growing up Elwin spent a great deal of time being a grain farmer, besides tree trimming and painting before retiring in 1981. He proudly served his county as a veteran of the United States Army during World War II serving in Europe for 3½ years in the European-African Middle Eastern theater with receiving one silver star and 6 overseas bars.  Elwin was an active member of the Altamont community. He served numerous offices at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church as elder and trustee. He was a member of the Effingham County Farm Bureau and the Altamont VFW Post #7676.

Memorials may be directed to The KFUO radio, the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, the Lutheran Hour radio and or the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 6409 North 200th Street, Altamont, Illinois 62411

He is survived by his: Wife: Ester Leppin Bernahl of Altamont, Illinois...1-Son: Robert (wife, Cynthia Hulsizer) Bernahl of Philo, Illinois...2-Daughters: Linda (husband, Charlie) Dahlheimer of St. Louis, Missouri and Jeanne (husband, Dale) Wolff of Altamont, Illinois...1-Brother: Raymond (wife, Dorothy) Bernahl of Lincoln, Illinois...1-Sister : Miss Doris Ella Bernahl of Altamont, Illinois...5-Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren and several Nieces and Nephews.

He was preceded in death by his: Parents...1-Brother: Lambert Bernahl at 6 years of age...and

Online condolences may be expressed at www.kullfuneralhome.com for they are assisting the family.