Bernard Blase Niehus


February 3, 1927 - May 23, 2015


Bernard Blase Niehus was born February 3, 1927 near Geddes on the farm of his parents, Andrew and Anna (Eilers) Niehus. He attended St. Ann’s Parochial School and Geddes High School. He farmed with his father for several years.  On June 20, 1951 he married Betty Jeane Wolfe at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball. They farmed in the Geddes and Kimball area for 20 years and Bernard also worked on the Kimball Railroad.  In 1971 they moved from the farm to Kimball where he was the Kimball School custodian and received the South Dakota Custodian of the Year Award in 1983. After retirement in 1991 he also worked at the Brule County Courthouse and the Plankinton School as a custodian. In 2005 they moved to Mitchell. Bernard was a quiet, prayerful man who enjoyed being surrounded by his family. He was an avid fan of his children and grandchildren, and enjoyed following all of their activities.  He was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, Holy Family Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of almost 64 years, Betty Niehus, his five children: Tom (Bev) Niehus, Kansas City, MO; Susan (Dean) Suelflow, White Lake; Sandy (Craig) Nightingale, White Lake; Dan (Renee) Niehus, Mitchell and JoAnn (Travis) Hohrman, Mitchell; 17 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, two sisters: Noreen Bridges, Geddes; Mary Ann Florey, Lake Andes; five sisters-in-law: Millie Niehus, Armour; Vi Niehus, and Maxine Niehus, McMinnville, OR; Shirley Hildebrand, Mitchell and Rose Ann Wolfe, Plankinton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers: Ralph, Bob, Louis, Joe and Vern and two sisters: Betty Minahan and Georgean Pesicka.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church
Scripture/Rosary Service ~ 7:00 PM
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, May 27, 2015
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saint Margaret's Catholic Cemetery
Kimball, South Dakota

Posted by Linda Wolfe Woodruff Hodges on May 27, 2015
As a child I never saw him display anger. He was always a strong yet gentle man. I remember every time we visited there was always singing. Aunt Betty on the piano, Danny on the guitar, and Susan & sandy had such beautiful voices too. Everyone sang all the hymns including Bernard who relly seemed to enjoy it sorry to hear of his passing. He is with the Lord now. God bless you all and take care
Posted by Marlene Niehus Havens on May 27, 2015
I met Uncle Bernard in 1989 and we had a Niehus family reunion. My dad was so very proud of all of his siblings. I hear such wonderful things about him . I've always thought Uncle Bernard looked like a combination of Uncle Ralph and Uncle Bob. Good looking family.
I wish for peace and comfort for your entire family. God has another Angel to watch over us all. God Bless🙏
Posted by Janice Noack on May 26, 2015
Uncle Bernard always made our family feel important to him. He never missed one of our weddings. He was always kind and interested in knowing how we were doing. He was proud of all the Niehus family. May all your memories you shared bring comfort to you, as you know he continues to watch over you from above. Our deepest condolences. Janice, Keith, Jorden and Taylor Noack
Posted by Erica (Scott) Melby on May 26, 2015
Cousin Bernard was truly one of the best. He was one of the most kind people I have ever met. My prayers to the family and especially cousin Betty.
Posted by John Florey on May 26, 2015
I always looked forward to go wrestle at the Kimball tournament. I knew I would see Uncle Bernard. Good memories.
Posted by Jan Niehus Williams on May 26, 2015
Bernard looked alot like his brother (my grandfather Ralph Niehus). So sorry for you loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Linda Niehus Scotto on May 26, 2015
Uncle Bernie as my dad Vern Niehus used to tell us. I remember dad always praying with our family in the evening and would add all of his brothers and sisters in our prayers in our evening rosary together. There will be a big void in everyone's hearts and practically to his immediate family. But all aside he will be welcomed into heaven by God and what more could you ask for?such a wonderful man.
Posted by Jim Niehus on May 26, 2015
We love uncle Bernard! , you were so much like your older brother our dad. so kind gentle and loving will be missed but never forgotten.
Posted by Jim Niehus on May 26, 2015
We love uncle Bernard!
Posted by Jennifer Scott on May 26, 2015
I was lucky enough to grow up across the street from cousin Bernard. He and his whole family would come to celebrate the 4th of July at our home, in the form of a big family picnic. We always said it just wasn't a picnic without the Niehus family. I was also in school during the time Bernard was janitor. It was always nice to see a kind smile daily from him. I can't say enough about what a wonderful and kind man Bernard was. He will be deeply missed. My love to cousin Betty and the rest of the family.
Posted by Carol (Niehus) Callihan on May 26, 2015
I only met and saw Uncle Bernard (Bernie) as my dad (Vern) called him in 1989. He came to Oregon at that time with his wife, Betty and daughter JoAnn and there was a Niehus reunion while they were here. From what I have seen and heard, he was an awesome man, father, brother, and uncle. I pray for him and all family members that they will find their peace. God Bless and take care.
Posted by Susie Krieck on May 26, 2015
I am so happy I was able to celebrate with Uncle Bernard and enjoy the beauty of his family at the Niehus family reunion. My father Vern Niehus loved his brothers and sisters and I was so honored to hug him and tell My Dad loved him . We shared a very special day that day together. You have a wonderful to be proud of. Respectfully, Susie
Posted by Joe & Jan Schlimgen on May 26, 2015
So sorry for your loss. May your memories of good times help you through this difficult time.
Posted by Wayne Niehus on May 25, 2015
As a child and as adult I never heard this gentle man raise his voice once in anger on anyone . Uncle Bernard truly was a goodman,his children and grand children can be very proud of their father and grandfather . May god watch over him now .
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