Dateline: Ness City, Kansas 55 days short of his 99th birthday, Bernard Leo Hoss, died, July 20th, 2013. Born Sept. 13, 1914, He was the 2nd of five children born to Henry and Mary (Fehrenbach) Hoss of Seward ,Ks. They moved to Ness County when Bernard was 5 where he attended the one room school house, Manteno until his father's blindness forced him to quit school to help with the family farm. He held several different jobs as a late teen to help support the family during the depression, and with the onset of WWII he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Buchanan for 3 years as a diesel mechanic. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945. He married Dorthea Ann Pavlu on June 3, 1946. They built the local Drive-in and Theater in Ness City, later selling them to return to farming. As a longtime farmer, and family man, he raised 8 children who all survive him. They are Harold (Joyce), Elaine (Ken) Werner, Gerald (Karla), Bernard (Cathy), Tony, Anita (Jim) Ellis, Jim (Susan), and Denise Garrison. Bernard is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, his brother Stanley, sister-in-laws Mabel Hoss and Mary Ann Pavlu and many nieces and nephews. Some community involvement includes belonging to the American Legion and Knights of Columbus, where he served as a Fourth Degree Knight.
He is preceded in death by his stillborn infant son, his parents, his wife Dorthea who died 7-6-1977. Remarried in 1985 his second wife Tina Brown died in 2004, his sister and brother-in-law John and Agnes Beck, brothers, George and Jerome, brother and sister-in-laws; Frances and Marjorie Pavlu and Tony Pavlu ,son-in-law Bob Garrison and grandson Bradley Hoss.
Bernard was best thought of as possessing the fruits of the spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 ‘But the spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self –control. There is no law against such things.' He is remembered for his gentle spirit, quiet ways, and quick wit and served as an inspiration to all his family because of his humble and kind ways. He will be truly missed.
Viewing will be Tuesday, July 23, 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 10:00 A.M. Sacred Heart Church, Ness City, Parish Vigil will be Tuesday 7:00 P.M. at the church.
Burial in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.
As per Bernard’s wishes, the family requests all memorials be sent to Sacred Heart Church in Ness City, KS.