Bernard "Bernie" C. Letherer


Birth: January 23rd, 1936
Death: July 15th, 2017
Age: 81 years
Residence:Houghton Lake, Michigan
Previous Residence(s):Zilwaukee, Michigan
Survived By: Surviving are his children, Diane and Lynn Card, Steven and Sharon Letherer, Marikay and Darryl Kartz and Thomas and Michelle Letherer; his grandchildren, Jeffrey and Erica Letherer, Rachel (Card) and Ron Borders, Anna (Letherer) and Patrick Schafer, Laura (Card) and Adam Pfenninger, Adam and Chas Gofton, Brian McManaman, Jillian McManaman, Julia Letherer, Jessica Letherer, Trisha Kartz; and great-grandchildren, Lee, Evelyn and Adeline Borders, Ian, Elizabeth and Tessa Letherer, and Abraham Pfenninger. He also leaves behind his siblings, Pat Newman, Don Letherer, Pat Letherer, Grace Letherer, Betty and Joe Finelli, Nancy and Pete Rouech; many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends; his special companion, Shelia Connick, honorary son-in-law Jim Card and partner Ellen Berosh, and his Zilwaukee harem. Bernie was preceded in death by his grandson, Douglas McManaman and his siblings, Dick, Jimmy and R. Kenny Letherer, James Newman, Mary Lou Pahssen, Jack and Dorothy Meehleder, Ray and Barbara Meehleder. He was dearly loved, and his wisdom, humor and generosity will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Affiliations: Beloved father, grandfather (Bubba) and great-grandfather passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Age 81 years. The son of the late John and Ethel (Kenny) Letherer, Bernie was born on January 23, 1936 in Saginaw, Michigan. He married his high school sweetheart Shirley J. Meehleder on April 14, 1956, and they had 50 wonderful years together. She predeceased him on December 8, 2006. Bernie graduated from St. Andrew High School in 1954. He had a brief stint in the Army, and returned home to Zilwaukee to start a successful career as an entrepreneur. Among his many businesses, he was partners with James Kapuscinski and Junior Hanson with Economy Builders, started in 1960. In 1968, Bernie and Jim started Delta Truss in Saginaw. He sold out in 1984, and in 1985 he partnered with his son-in-law Lynn Card and daughter Diane as owners of Bay City Platers. In 1989 he started Letherer Truss in Clare, Michigan with his son Steven, and the business is now run by Jeffrey Letherer, the third generation in the truss business. He was also involved in the cemetery industry and several other businesses throughout his career, and was a highly respected businessman in the local community. Bernie retired in 2005 from lumber buying, but remained on as a consultant to the truss company. He loved to travel, and he had many memorable trips, including Kenya, Egypt, Brazil, China, Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Vietnam, and motor-homing all over the U.S. Some of his best times were with his sons, grandsons, and friends at the Lodge in the U.P. and making maple syrup at his Beaverton camp. Later in life he had fun canoeing with the Saginaw Voyagers, touring the Great Lakes region. He enjoyed living in Okeechobee, Florida during the winter and making fresh bread for everyone. In his later years, he lived at Houghton Lake during the summers, with the frequent company of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, having fun and making memories at the Lake House II and putting on fireworks shows for the family.

Letherer, Bernard C. “Bernie”

Houghton Lake, Michigan

Formerly of Zilwaukee, Michigan

 Beloved father, grandfather (Bubba) and great-grandfather passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017.  Age 81 years.  The son of the late John and Ethel (Kenny) Letherer, Bernie was born on January 23, 1936 in Saginaw, Michigan.  He married his high school sweetheart Shirley J. Meehleder on April 14, 1956, and they had 50 wonderful years together.  She predeceased him on December 8, 2006.  Bernie graduated from St. Andrew High School in 1954. He had a brief stint in the Army, and returned home to Zilwaukee to start a successful career as an entrepreneur. Among his many businesses, he was partners with James Kapuscinski and Junior Hanson with Economy Builders, started in 1960. In 1968, Bernie and Jim started Delta Truss in Saginaw. He sold out in 1984, and in 1985 he partnered with his son-in-law Lynn Card and daughter Diane as owners of Bay City Platers. In 1989 he started Letherer Truss in Clare, Michigan with his son Steven, and the business is now run by Jeffrey Letherer, the third generation in the truss business. He was also involved in the cemetery industry and several other businesses throughout his career, and was a highly respected businessman in the local community. Bernie retired in 2005 from lumber buying, but remained on as a consultant to the truss company. He loved to travel, and he had many memorable trips, including Kenya, Egypt, Brazil, China, Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Vietnam, and motor-homing all over the U.S. Some of his best times were with his sons, grandsons, and friends at the Lodge in the U.P. and making maple syrup at his Beaverton camp. Later in life he had fun canoeing with the Saginaw Voyagers, touring the Great Lakes region. He enjoyed living in Okeechobee, Florida during the winter and making fresh bread for everyone. In his later years, he lived at Houghton Lake during the summers, with the frequent company of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, having fun and making memories at the Lake House II and putting on fireworks shows for the family.

 Surviving are his children, Diane and Lynn Card, Steven and Sharon Letherer,  Marikay and Darryl Kartz and Thomas and Michelle Letherer; his grandchildren,  Jeffrey and Erica Letherer, Rachel (Card)  and Ron Borders, Anna (Letherer) and Patrick Schafer, Laura (Card) and Adam Pfenninger, Adam and Chas Gofton, Brian McManaman, Jillian McManaman, Julia Letherer, Jessica Letherer, Trisha Kartz; and great-grandchildren, Lee, Evelyn and Adeline Borders, Ian, Elizabeth and Tessa Letherer, and Abraham Pfenninger. He also leaves behind his siblings, Pat Newman, Don Letherer, Pat Letherer, Grace Letherer,   Betty and Joe Finelli, Nancy and Pete Rouech; many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends; his special companion, Shelia Connick, honorary son-in-law Jim Card and partner Ellen Berosh, and his Zilwaukee harem.  Bernie was preceded in death by his grandson, Douglas McManaman and his siblings, Dick, Jimmy and R. Kenny Letherer, James Newman, Mary Lou Pahssen, Jack and Dorothy Meehleder, Ray and Barbara Meehleder. He was dearly loved, and his wisdom, humor and generosity will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

 A Celebration of Bernie’s Life will take place at 7:00 p.m.  Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty). Honoring Mr. Letherer’s wishes cremation will take place with entombment of cremains in Oakwood Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the funeral home where the family will be present on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service.  The family requests no plants or flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor.



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