Melvin 'Mel' Bernard
He was born June 1, 1919, in Middleport, N.Y., to Rudolph and Harriet Harpuder. He graduated from Middleport High School. During that time, he helped out at the family business: Harpuder's Clothing store. He also attended Ithaca College.
Mel was a gifted athlete, especially in baseball. He went on to realize his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. After three years of service in the Army, he signed with the New York Giants baseball system starting in Jersey City, N.J. He then went on to play for the Minneapolis Millers. After that he played for Austin and Albert Lea in the Southern Minny League.
Mel, a longtime resident of Austin, retired from Hormel after 33 years. He spent over 20 years of his retirement at his home in Yuma, Ariz. Mel and Dody recently moved to the Kasson area to be near family.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Doris; as well as a son, Craig Harpuder of Austin; daughters, Vicki Bennerotte of Plymouth, Brenda (Claude) Schuhwerck of Oakdale and Pastor Susan (Jeff) Iverson of Mantorville; four grandchildren and two nieces.
Mel was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
He is a member of Community Celebration Church, Kasson, and the American Legion.
Visitation will be July 8 at Community Celebration Church in Kasson from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will be at the church on July 9 at 11 a.m. Pastor Steve Larson will officate.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Dibble Funeral Home of Kasson is in charge of arrangements. 634-2331