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Bernard Lannen

August 14, 1936 — May 23, 2022

Bernard Charles Lannen, 85

Bernard Charles Lannen, 85, of Cataldo, Idaho, passed away May 23, 2022 at the family home of Cataldo.  He was born on a hot Summer day in August of 1936, in Mobridge, South Dakota; Bernard was the son of Edward “Mike” and Eileen (Zuehlsdorff) Lannen.

Bernard moved to the Silver Valley with his family as an infant from Mobridge.  He attended and graduated from the Kingston High School in 1954.  While attending high school, Bernard was a high point player for basketball and football.  Bernard furthered his education and attended the University of Idaho and North Idaho College.

Bernard was united in marriage to Lillian Jennings on November 28, 1959 at the St. Rita’s Catholic Church of Kellogg.

While attending high school and after graduating, Bernard worked for the U.S. Forest Service.  He then went to work for the Bunker Hill Mining Company Zinc Plant.  Bernard had also served as a log sawyer for several companies including Kellogg Transfer, Sverdsten Logging, Weingart Logging and Brown Logging; he served in the logging industry for forty-one years.  After retirement, Bernard served as President of the Independence Lead Mining Company.

Bernard was a member of the St. Rita’s Catholic Church of Kellogg and a member of the Knights of Columbus Third Degree.

Bernard so loved and enjoyed his family and providing for them was always of most importance to him.  He also enjoyed geology, the outdoors, nature and yard work.  Bernard loved all sports and was an avid Gonzaga Basketball fan.

Bernard is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-two years Lillian Lannen of the family home of Cataldo; four children Brent Lannen (Brenda) of Anchorage, Alaska, Jonathan Lannen (Cheryl) of Hayden, Idaho, Jennifer Reno of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Gregg Lannen (Korena) of Kellogg, Idaho; eleven grandchildren Jessica, Emily, Tony, Ryan, Steven, Alicia, Bradley, Angelina, Nathan, Jared and Katie; numerous great-grandchildren; two sisters Maureen “Susie” Boone (Martin) of Santa Cruz, California and Michalene Hauser (Steve) of Pacifica, California.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Bernard was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Vernon Lannen.

A Rosary and Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at the St. Rita’s Catholic Church of Kellogg with Father Jerome Montez serving as Celebrant.  A gathering of family and friends and a luncheon will be held in the Church Fellowship Hall following services.

The family suggests that memorials may be made to the charity of the Donor’s choice.

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Memorial Mass

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

St. Rita's Catholic Church

25 Kellogg Ave, Kellogg, ID 83837

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