Bernard "Bernie" Main
Former Soldotna resident Bernard "Bernie" Main died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at his home in Alberton, Mont. He was 68.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna.
Mr. Main was born Sept. 23, 1936, in Missoula, Mont. He lived in Soldotna for 20 years until October 2003.
He built three sawmills, a lath-mill, his own forklifts and did logging for 18 years. He married his wife, Carol, in 1973, and they moved to California a year later, where he became a mechanic. In 1983 the Mains moved to Alaska to home-school their sons. Mr. Main worked at the Chevron Refinery for a year then at Tesoro for about 18 years.
"He loved his jobs and the people he worked with. Many enjoyed watching us and our dog drive the little red and yellow cars that he made. We made Alaska's Finest Gourmet Candy and opened a restaurant in our house and then in Soldotna; Alaska's Finest Unique Dining. Bernie dearly loved teaching his boys mechanical things," his wife said.
"Bernie was a very kind, humble and generous man. He enjoyed marriage, raising our two sons, company, traveling, working and making things. He had deep spiritual convictions, also. He thoroughly believed what the Bible said about death at Eccleasiastes 9:5, 'For the living are conscious that they will die, but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all. ' He loved life but didn't fear death. He believed death was like sleep (John 11: 11-14) and that soon Jehovah God (Psalms 83:18) will destroy wickedness (Psalms 37: 10,11) and restore the earth to the beautiful paradise it was intended to be (Revelation 21:3,4). Looking forward to a resurrection to a paradise earth (John 5: 28, 29) really appealed to him.
"I will truly miss my dearest friend and husband, but I can be patient until Jehovah says it is time for him to awake. In the meantime, he will be dearly missed by friends and family alike."
Mr. Main is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Skyler and Jake; daughter-in-law, Lillian Main; and brothers, Bill and Jack Main and their families.
Arrangements were made by Cremation and Burial Society of the Rockies in Missoula.
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