Richard J. Berndt, age 71, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born May 12, 1948 in Merrill to the late Harold & Inez (Wendt) Berndt. On November 3, 1973 he and Peggy were united in marriage in Merrill. She survives.
Richard graduated from Merrill High School in 1966 and NTCI with a printing degree in 1968. He worked in the printing business until he started working for American Asphalt and retired in 2006. Richard was a volunteer and an honorary member of the Corning Fire Department. He was also the Corning town treasurer for 36 years. Richard had a great love for the outdoors. He enjoyed going hunting and fishing. Richard had a passion for making maple syrup. He belonged to the local 139 Union. Richard enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his loving wife: Peggy, children: Tim (Kathy Henrich) Berndt, Michelle (Joe) Bickett, Kevin (Elida) Berndt, all of Merrill; 6 grandchildren; Samantha (Collin Zoellner), Elizabeth, Abigail, Lily, Alexander, Lincoln, brother: Dennis (Carol) Berndt, several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Private family services will be held. A celebration of Life will take place at a later date. To protect the health and safety of all, services are currently being limited as required by state and local authorities and the CDC. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available with the obituary on our website. We also encourage you to view the video tribute and/or webcast of the service that may be available. Check the funeral home website for the latest COVID-19 update.
Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com .