Skip to main content

Bernard “Bernie” George Reust, 87

February 21, 2014

Bernard “Bernie” George Reust, 87 of Huntington went to be with the Lord Feb. 16, 2014, at the University of Arizona Medical Center/Kino Hospital in Tucson, Ariz.
He left school to serve his country in the U.S. Army and received the Bronze Star while serving in World War II in the Battle of the Bulge under General Patton. He was wounded in the Korean War and received a Purple Heart.
He was a member of the SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church and was a former member of the Parish Council. He was a former member of the Saint Catherine Catholic Church in Columbia City.
He owned and operated Schmidt Electric, Inc. of Fort Wayne. He was a 62-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 305, was past president of the National Electrical Contractors Association, was a member of the American Legion Post 160 of Roanoke, and was a life member of the VFW.
He was an outdoorsman, and enjoyed woodcarving and was a member of the Rincon Wood Carvers.
He was born April 17, 1926, in Huntington, a son of Henry and Catherine Reust.
He was united in marriage to Ardella Ness May 30, 1950, at Saint Catherine Catholic Church (Nix Settlement) in Columbia City. His wife survives.
Additional survivors include four sons, Anthony (Karen) Reust of Columbia City, Gerard (Teresa) Reust of Lagro, Ben (Tami) Reust of Roanoke, and Andrew (Staci) Reust of Columbia City; two daughters, Mary Meerz of Fort Wayne and Sharon (Ken) Deetz of Huntington; 19 grandchildren, Brad Reust, Blake Reust, Stacey Gettys, Noah Gettys, Ryan Gettys, Brett Gettys, Jeff Zickgraf, Rene (Kate) Zickgraf, Brenten Reust, Richard Reust, Lindell Reust, Megan Reust, Adam Reust, Eric Reust, Ian Deetz, Kyle Deetz, Nathan Deetz, Dustin Reust, and Damian Reust; a great-granddaughter, Madison; five brothers, Tom (Peg) Reust of California, Mark (Phyllis) Reust of Huntington, Harold (Ellie) Reust of Yoder, Lee (Marilyn) Reust of Huntington, and Dave (Mary) Reust of Huntington; and a sister, Kate Purdy of Fort Wayne.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Gettys; four brothers, Ed Reust, Hank Reust, Paul Reust, and William Reust; and a sister, Alberta Hine.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. with recitation of the rosary at 1:30 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 840 Cherry St., Huntington ,with Father Ron Rieder officiating.
Interment will take place at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. To sign Mr. Reust’s on-line guest registry visit


Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes