obit: Bernie Lee Mika
- SAN ANGELO -- Bernie Lee Mika, 80, of San Angelo passed away at his home Friday, Feb. 27, 2004.Family visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Johnson's Funeral Home. Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 1 at Johnson's Funeral Home with William Rosser and Pastor Curt Dauphin officiating. Burial will follow in the Miles Cemetery.Bernie was born to Albin and Betty Mika on July 30, 1923. After attending San Angelo schools, he received his formal education from Texas Tech University.Bernie served his country during World War II, where he received the Bronze and Silver Star.In 1947, he married Lucy Churchwell in San Angelo. He then started his lifelong occupation as a farmer near Mereta. He enjoyed every day of his 50-year career, and even though he had lived in San Angelo for the last 20 years, he still called Mereta his home.Bernie was a member of several service organizations and served the board of many of these, including CVEC, Texas Farm Bureau, ASCS and the Mereta Coop Gin. Bernie received lifetime membership from the Mereta Lions Club and was also awarded Conservationist of the Year for his district by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Bernie was a member of the Mereta Baptist Church. After his move to San Angelo, he joined PaulAnn Baptist Church where he helped build the original church building. In his later years, he became an active member of the Business Men's Bible Class.Bernie is survived by his wife of 57 years; one daughter, Lee Ann Mika-Mendez and her husband, Gabe; two grandsons, Nathan and Dylan Havlak, all of Miles; two granddaughters, Jana Massey of Austin and Amanda Massey of San Angelo; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Weldon Mika of Eden; one sister, Kathleen Jolley of Brownwood; and numerous nieces and nephews.His parents; one brother, James Mika; and two daughters, Janice Smith and Jo Ellen Massey, preceded him in death.Pallbearers will be LeRoy Olsak, Clovis Olsak, W.H. Smith, Milton Timm, Charlie Roberts and Stanley Werner.Bernie's family would like to thank his caregivers, Enedina, Raquel and Dora Rivera, who became very dear to his heart and Hospice of San Angelo nurses, Debbie Bishop and Celine Loosier, and long-time friend, William Rosser.
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