SEBRING - Bernard "Bernie" J. Nezbeth, 86, of Sebring, died on Tuesday at his home where he was born.
He was born on July 27, 1926, the son of the late Robert Francis and Mary (Schneider) Nezbeth.
Mr. Nezbeth entered the Navy on July 29, 1944, eventually serving as a Boatswain's Mate Coxswain aboard the USS ATR-85, a rescue tug operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, under the Commander of the Third Fleet. Following his honorable discharge on June 6, 1946, he returned home to Sebring. He worked at John Malmsberry Service Station in North Benton, the French Saxon China Co. in Sebring as ware boy, T-Pot Dome in Sebring and Ohio Battery and Ignition in Alliance. He started Nezbeth Auto Electric where he worked for more than 50 years.
He was a lifelong member of St. Ann Catholic Church.
Survivors include his children, Joan K. Schneider of Ravenna, John R. (Amy) Nezbeth of Minerva, Amy N. (John) Wallace of Homeworth and Paula A. (Jeff) Voci of Cleveland; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death Sept. 12, 2012, by his wife Alice Mae (Knecht) Nezbeth.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Ann Catholic Church with Father Thomas Dyer and Father Victor Cinson officiating.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Gednetz-Ruzek Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. A rosary service will be held at 8 p.m. Burial will take place at Grandview Cemetery in Sebring.
Friends may send condolences and sign the guest register online at www.grfuneralhome.com.