Obituary Record

Willard Fredrick (Barney) Bornschlegl
Died on 9/13/1994


Bornschlegl, Willard Fredrick "Barney," 70

Died 13 September 1994

Buried in Greenwood Cemetery

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Services for W.F. "Barney" Bornschlegl, 70 of Bemidji, Minnesota who died September 13, 1994 in the North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji were Saturday, September 17 at 1 p.m. in First Lutheran Church in Bemidji. Rev. James Vadis officiated. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Willard Fredrick Bornschlegl was born October 21, 1923 in Ohiowa, Nebraska to Jake and Melinda Bornschlegl. He was raised and educated in Ohiowa and graduated from Ohiowa High School in 1941.

He enlisted in the United States Army during World War II and received the Silver Star, European Theatre Ribbon with three Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantry Badge. He also received a Presidential citation for his part in the landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, prior to his discharge as Sergeant on December 30, 1945.

He returned to Nebraska and attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from NWU. He received his Masters degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1954.

He was a coach and principal at Papillion, Nebraska from 1949-54. He was then superintendent of schools at Arlington from 1954-65.

In 1965, he joined the faculty at Bemidji State College as assistant professor of education. In 1970, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was promoted to associate professor of education. He was appointed acting head of the division of education in 1971 and was also director of teachers education.

In 1972, he was appointed head of the education division. In 1979, he was appointed acting vice president for academic affairs. He returned to the faculty as professor of education and director of teacher licensure in 1978, retiring December 2, 1985, at which time he was appointed professor emeritus of educational administration.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Bemidji, the Ralph Gracie American Legion Post No. 14 of Bemidji and the BPO Elks, all in Bemidji.

He married Harriet R. Tordsen June 9, 1946 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Leonard.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet of Bemidji; daughters, Kay (Mrs. John) Delinsky of Sartell, Minnesota and Rita (Mrs. Robert) Olson of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; five grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Maxine Bornschlegl of Nebraska, City, Nebraska and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Bornschlegl, Gene Kruger, Al Crowser, Max Howick, Dave Borgan and Doug Haertzen.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Robert Decker, Dr. Ted Gillett, Dr. Art Lee, LeRoy Brown, Robert Peters, Dr. Don Churchill, Ed Langerak and Dr. Robert Anderson.

Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji or the BSU Foundation.

Olson-Swaartz Funeral Home in Bemidji was in charge of arrangements.

~~~ Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.~~~