Russell "Russ" J. Bernard, 79, of Essexville, our humorous, loyal, and laid-back husband, step-dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend was born into eternal life on the evening of Friday, December 22, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region. Russ was born in Bay City on October 1, 1938, the son of the late Howard and Irene (Picardy) Bernard. Growing up, Russ loved listening to his dad tell jokes, which is where his wonderful sense of humor came from. He was a graduate of St. James High School and went on to work at General Motors - Powertrain, where he retired as an inspector after 30 years. It's at General Motors where Russ met the former Dolores Bruneel. Their marriage was blessed with 44 wonderful years. In his spare time, Russ enjoyed playing and watching golf, watching the Detroit Tigers, being an avid supporter of the Michigan State Spartans, and spending time at the bar with his buddies. Russ and Dolores enjoyed winters spent in Sun City, Arizona. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Dolores and children: Cheryl (Mitchell) Dewald of Caro and Ron Wiergowski of West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Nicole (Al) Miller of Sandusky, Shelby Dewald of Caro, and Maggy Wiergowski of Brighton; siblings, Bob (Arlene) Bernard of Midland, Tom (Edna) Bernard of Lebanon, MO, and Janie (Larry) Curler of Sanford; in-laws, Rosemary Prime of Iowa, Diane (Fred) Maxey of Holly, Linda (Doug) Mears of Tennessee, and Carol Bruneel of Reese, along with many nieces, nephews, and many special friends. In addition to his parents, Russ was welcomed home to heaven by his brother, Dick Bernard and in-laws, Melvin Bruneel, Joyce Foster, Ceil (Albert) Claeys, and Bill Prime. Russ' family will be present to receive visitors on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Vigil for Russ at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Friday, December 29, 2017, Russ will be taken to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church), 614 Pine St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until his 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with the Rite of Committal to follow in Floral Gardens Cemetery, followed by a reception in The Wesley Room at Skorupski's. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or St. Jude Thaddeus Parish. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.