Bernard “Bernie” Van Wassenhove, 73, of Mitchell died Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Avera Mckennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, December 29, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with a prayer service at 6:30 PM. Funeral services are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Bernard “Bernie” Van Wassenhove was born November 29th, 1945, the son of Peter and Anna (Euchaski) Van Wassenhove in Kewanee, Illinois. On November 28th, 1964 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Draminski. They were blessed with 54 years of marriage and three children. He started working for Trail King Industries in 1982 and moved to Mitchell in 1984. He retired as VP of Engineering December 30th, 2008.
Bernie was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan and a true Chicago Bears fan. He served on and volunteered for many boards and committees locally and nationally, but his greatest fun and accomplishments were designing and making toy boxes for each of his seven grandchildren.
Mourning his passing and celebrating his life are his wife Mary Ann; son Christopher (Bobbi Jo); daughter Elizabeth (Kevin) Kent all of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter-in-law Chelle Rohm Van Wassenhove of Chicago, IL; grandchildren Ian, Gabriel, Tristin, Alora, Ava and Trey all of Sioux Falls, SD and Carson of Chicago, IL; brother Larry (Nancy) of Chatanooga, TN; sister-in-law’s Betty Van Wassenhove of Kewanee, IL and Sherry Van Wassenhove of Fulshear, TX; brother-in-law Joseph (Carolee) Draminski of Kewanee, IL; and a host of wonderful nieces, nephews, and a plethora of fun and crazy cousins!
Bernie was proceeded in death by his son Nicholas; three grandchildren; his parents; and brothers Leonard and Dennis Van Wassenhove.
Memorials may be directed to John Paul II Catholic School’s tuition assistance fund.