Bernard J. Pruse Sr., 94, of Ely, dies

Bernard John Pruse, Sr., 94, of Ely, Minnesota passed away peacefully, surrounded by family in his White Iron Lake home on the evening of Wednesday April 30, 2019.
Bernie was born in Ely on August 27, 1924 to Joseph and Katherine Pruse. Attended Ely schools until he was graduated in 1942. When turning 18, he enlisted in the United States Navy to join the fleet in the South Pacific during WWII. He served aboard the USS San Diego CL-53 for the duration of the war, surviving over 40 engagements, earning 18 battle stars and was aboard the first allied war ship to enter Tokyo Bay, the day after his 21st birthday, to end the war.
Following the war, Bernie was educated on the GI Bill at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis and was a member of the Carpenter’s Union for 65 years. Also a proud member of VFW Post 2717 and the U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association.
He married Josephine Ann Spreitzer, also of Ely MN, on August 9, 1947. They were married 71 years and raised their four children in Mendota Heights, MN.
Retiring in 1986, he and Josephine once again made Ely their permanent home on White Iron Lake.
Bernie loved to hunt and fish with his family and enjoyed being out in the woods in the Ely area. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan having an opportunity to raise the Flag at Target Field on September 22, 2010. Traveled to each of the 48 continental states with Josephine by his side.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine, children: Mary Jo (James) Hewitt, Bernard Jr. (Melody), Kathy (Brad) Horoshak, James (Alana); 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, wonderful dad, warm and loving grandpa/great grandpa. He was proud, stoic and dignified to the end.
Funeral mass will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely on Friday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m., visitation one hour preceding.
Private internment will be held at a later date.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.