Bernard Edward Kinsley passed away on June 10, 2017 at the age of 65.
He is survived by his loving wife, Deborah (Bauer) Kinsley, his son Lucas (Bri), his son Keith (Ladonna Yoder), two grandchildren, and nine step grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Catherine Saxer, Beverly Richards, and Wanda Manoogian. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Lucy (Cilvick) Kinsley; his sisters Elizabeth Shaffer, Dorothy Gilroy, and Jean Ziegler; and a brother Gerald Kinsley.
Bernard was born on Nov. 16, 1951, in Towanda, PA. He graduated from Sullivan County High School in 1969. He also studied computer engineering in Philadelphia following high school. He was a retired dairy farmer, having retired twelve years ago due to contracting farming-related pulmonary fibrosis. He married his wife Debbie in August of 1980, and together they farmed their land and raised their two sons.
One of Bernard’s philosophies about life centered around not just the beginning and ending of life (1951 – 2017), but about the dash in between. The dash of his life was full of love, his family, excitement, laughter, teasing, and his favorite phrases (such as “’Ya’ see, the thing of it is…”).
As a farmer, friends and relatives would stop by the barn during milking time just to sit and talk with Bernard. When doing field work, if anyone stopped by, he would either stop the tractor to talk, or the visitor would hitch a ride while Bernard spoke his words of wisdom, and mixed in with all that wisdom, he never hesitated to tease.
Bernard enjoyed rattlesnake hunting, ice fishing, rabbit hunting, and…
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