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Bernard Leo Hoss

Bernard Leo Hoss, 98, Ness City, died Saturday, July 20, 2013.

He was born Sept. 13, 1914, to Henry and Mary (Fehrenbach) Hoss. He attended a one-room schoolhouse.

He married Dorthea Ann Pavlu on June 3, 1946. She preceded him in death in 1977. He later married Tina Brown in 1985. She preceded him in death in 2004. He had several jobs in his late teens to help support the family during the Depression. They built the local drive-in and theater in Ness City, later selling them to return to farming. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II and aboard the U.S.S. Buchanan for three years as a diesel mechanic. He was honorably discharged in November 1945.

He was a member of American Legion and Knights of Columbus, where he served as a Fourth Degree Knight.

Survivors include five sons, Harold and wife, Joyce, Gerald and wife, Karla, Bernard and wife, Cathy, Tony and Jim and wife, Susan; three daughters, Elaine Werner and husband, Ken, Anita Ellis and husband, Jim, and Denise Garrison; a brother, Stanley; two sisters-in-law, Mabel Hoss and Mary Ann Pavlu; 19 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his stillborn infant son; his parents; a sister and brother-in-law, John and Agnes Beck; two brothers, George and Jerome; a brother and sisters-in-law, Frances and Marjorie Pavlu and Tony Pavlu; a son-in-law, Bob Garrison; and a grandson, Bradley Hoss.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ness City; burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Viewing will be until 3 p.m. Tuesday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ness City.

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