Bernard Eugene Mick was born on March 14, 1924 in Bussey, Iowa, the son of Fred Lyman and Sylvia L. (Olson) Mick. Bernie attended school and graduated in 1941 from Bussey High School. He then attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa for two years, followed by Northwest Missouri State, at Maryville, Missouri, in a Navy V12 unit. From there he was sent to Wellesly College in Massachusetts in a Navy Midshipman School. In September of 1944, he received his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Supply Corp., receiving orders to be Asst. Supply Officer on the U.S.S. Rigel AR 11, a repair ship. He went aboard ship on Thanksgiving 1944 in Hollandia, New Guinea and then moved up to Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. He spent 12 months there repairing landing craft that were damaged. At the end of WWII he spent six weeks in Manila and then returned to San Francisco. Following separation from the service in Sept. 1946, he attended the University of Iowa, graduating in 1947 with a B.S. in Commerce Degree.
On February 14, 1948 he was united in marriage to Patricia A. Wood in Diagonal, Iowa. He had met Patricia while at Simpson College.
Bernie became associated with Spurgeon Mercantile Co., a chain of ladies Jr. dept. stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin. He trained in stores at Fairfield and Marshalltown, Ia., and managed stores in Albia, Ia. and Portage, Wis. In 1952 he became a buyer in Chicago, living in Skokie, IL., for 10 years. In 1962, Bernie and Pat purchased the Schlutsmeyer Ladies Dept. Store in Waverly. Over the years they expanded to other stores in Waverly including Patricia Fashion Fabrics, Elegant Woman, The Denim Patch, The Bridal Gallery and Home at Heart, as well as stores in Cedar Falls and New Hampton. The stores have always been a family business with all of the family involved. To date, only the original store, B.E. Mick’s in Waverly is operating. It has been purchased and is operated by Robert and Ruth.
Bernie was Cub Scout Master in Skokie, Il., and a member of the American Legion and Amvets. He was a Rotarian for over 40 years, serving as president from 1981 to 1982, and received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition. He served 20 years as Rotary Goodfellows Chairman. He was also director of the Corwin Co. in Kansas City, Mo. Locally, Bernie was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Waverly Community Symphony, and a member for the Bremwood Lutheran Children’s Home. He also served as a member and director for the Waverly Chamber of Commerce and the Waverly Public Library. Bernie was a big sports fan, supporting the Waverly-Shell Rock Go Hawks, Iowa Hawkeyes, Wartburg Knights, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bernie was a proud service man, accomplished businessman, and a good citizen, however, his number one priority was his family. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bernie is survived by his four sons, Stephen E. (Cynthia L.) Mick of Waverly, Ia., Gary L (Marie A.) Mick of Guttenberg, Ia., Robert C (Ruth A.) Mick of Waverly, Ia., and Jeffrey W. (Lore’ A.) Mick of Waverly, Ia.; and 12 grandchildren, Valerie and Dan Aguilera, Natalie and Colton Wears, Ryan & Verity Mick, Brandon & Abigail Mick, Laura & Samuel Rosa, Christina & John Erickson, Neil & Joy Mick, Elizabeth Mick and Alex Wyrick, Leah and Nate Edwards, Reed and Malinda Mick, Drew Mick, Hannah Mick; and nineteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Pat in 2007, and three brothers F. Wayne, E. Raymond and Harold L.
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