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For the past 10 years Bernie Hunke has served as Cuming County’s Veterans Services Officer. His duties expanded as he took over the role of Emergency Manager and his work in the county’s general assistance program.
Rick Wimer says the death of Bernie Hunke is a big loss for veterans. “He was a great community man and father. I mean he was a fireman, he helped out down at the movie theater , he went to the schools, he promoted veterans. It’s a true loss to the community.” Hunke also served as co-chair on the American Park Committee along with Wimer and Ken Hanel.
Cuming County Clerk Bonnie Vogltance says they’ll really miss a wonderful friend and co-worker and his shoes will be hard to fill.
The Veterans’ Service Board and County Personnel Committee will meet next Tuesday to discuss how to find a replacement at the county courthouse. The office will be closed this week. Beginning next week, former Veterans Services Officer Bob Wostoupal will fill in at the Veteran Services/Emergency Management office a couple hours a day on a limited basis. You should call to make an appointment. Some county offices will be closed Thursday so employees can attend the funeral.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, February 14, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Father Steve Emanuel as celebrant. Burial with Military Honors will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery-Monterey, in rural West Point. Visitation will be on Wednesday from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Minnick Funeral Home in West Point and will continue from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. There will be a Vigil Service with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Local businesses establishments and residents are asked to fly the American Flag on Thursday, February 14th, in honor of Bernie. He passed away over the weekend following an accident on his family farm.