2017-06-08 / Obituaries

Bernard Kinsley

Bernard Edward Kinsley passed away on June 10, 2017 at the age of 65. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Deborah (Bauer) Kinsley, his son Lucas (Bri), his son Keith (Ladonna Yoder), two grandchildren, and nine step grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sisters Catherine Saxer, Beverly Richards, and Wanda Manoogian.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Lucy (Cilvick) Kinsley; his sisters Elizabeth Shaffer, Dorothy Gilroy, and Jean Ziegler; and a brother Gerald Kinsley.

Bernard was born on Nov. 16, 1951, in Towanda, PA.  He graduated from Sullivan County High School in 1969.  He also studied computer engineering in Philadelphia following high school.  He was a retired dairy farmer, having retired twelve years ago due to contracting farming-related pulmonary fibrosis.  He married his wife Debbie in August of 1980, and together they farmed their land and raised their two sons. 

One of Bernard’s philosophies about life centered around not just the beginning and ending of life (1951 – 2017), but about the dash in between.  The dash of his life was full of love, his family, excitement, laughter, teasing, and his favorite phrases (such as “’Ya’ see, the thing of it is…”). 

As a farmer, friends and relatives would stop by the barn during milking time just to sit and talk with Bernard.  When doing field work, if anyone stopped by, he would either stop the tractor to talk, or the visitor would hitch a ride while Bernard spoke his words of wisdom, and mixed in with all that wisdom, he never hesitated to tease.

Bernard enjoyed rattlesnake hunting, ice fishing, rabbit hunting, and deer hunting.  His love of the outdoors drew many people to him.  One of the high points of the year was deer season.  He always hosted a pre-deer season get together the day before deer season, when local farmers and his flatlander hunters would gather at his cabin for food, Pepsi, and stories.  The gathering always ended up at his dairy barn. 


Bernard valued hard work, and he had a great sense of humor.  He always struck up a conversation with anyone he met.  He loved riding around and going home a different way because he “saw that sight on the way there.”  He loved auctions, especially Amish auctions.  Everyone who met Bernard was positively impacted by Bernard’s great personality, his wit, and his wisdom.

For Bernard and his family, their door was always open to others, both friends and strangers.  Bernard, along with Debbie, did many kindnesses for friends, neighbors, and acquaintances.  But with all that Bernard did, his most joyful days were the day he got married in 1980, and the days his sons were born.  

Bernard will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017, at his residence “The Cabin”, 296 Camp Lane, Dushore, with Pastor Ron Dyer officiating.  Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore.  Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, on Thursday prior to the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bernard’s name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at http://pulmonaryfibrosis.org/ways-to-give/donate-now.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.




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