Bernis Climer


Bernis Climer, 93, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017, in a local hospital.

He was the son of the late Bertha Mae Morgan Climer and Columbus Climer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella “Nell” Ramey Climer; his son, Verlon Climer; and his 10 brothers and sisters.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in World War II. He was retired from the Wilson Sporting Goods Company with more than 23 years of service. Professional golfers would request him specially to work on their golf clubs. He enjoyed working in his flower and vegetable gardens and was an avid reader.

He was a longtime member of the Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his sons: Merlon Climer of Chicago, and Michael Climer and Richard Climer, both of Carol Springs, Ill.; his grandchildren: Tracy Delghingaro and her husband, Joseph, Kevin Climer, Mary Chastain, Eric Climer and Laura Climer; his great-grandchildren: Gianna Delghingaro, Layla Delghingaro, Madilyn Westin Baker and her husband, Stephen, and Alecia Denegar: his great-great-grandchildren, Trevor and Everett Baker; and several nieces and nephews.

The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at 5 p.m. from the Union Missionary Baptist Church with Ryan Ogle officiating.

Interment will follow in the Dill Cemetery in Polk County with family and friends serving as casket bearers. Military honors will be given.

The family will receive friends from 3 until 5 p.m. Saturday at Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services North Ocoee Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

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