Bernard Arthur Novark

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Bernard (Bernie) Arthur Novark was born on Dec. 2, 1928 to Doris Vickers Novark and Stanley (Bud) Novark in Hardin and passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 14, 2019.

Bernie grew up in Hardin and graduated from Hardin High School in 1947. After graduating, he joined the Navy and served during the Korean conflict. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned to Hardin (favorite story: He told his mother he would come back to Hardin in a Cadillac; as he was hitchhiking home, the last person to offer him a ride into town was driving a Cadillac). 

He worked as a car salesman at Hardin Auto for 30-plus years, and eventually became part-owner (another favorite story: He was showing a local farmer how roomy the trunk was in a car by climbing into the trunk. As a joke, the farmer slammed the trunk closed, not realizing Bernie had the keys to the car in his pocket; the farmer bought the car). He was a volunteer fireman, a layperson at the Episcopal Church, a member of the Elks Club and the Masonic Lodge, and a sportscaster for the local radio station. Bernard contributed so much to the Hardin community and made many lifelong friends.

In 1952, Bernard married Alice Louise Goller and they were blessed with four children. In 1979, he moved to White Sulphur Springs and bought Meagher Motor, a local auto parts store, which is still in the family today. He married Jackie Carlson in 1981, retired in 1987 and spent many happy years with her on the Sky Ranch. In 2018, Bernie and Jackie were grand marshals in the Labor Day parade, a day they both enjoyed, and it was only fitting they were riding in the back of a Ford Fairlane convertible. 

Bernard is survived by his wife June (Jackie) Carlson Novark; children Becky Novark, Cathy (Bill) Slovensky, Jeff (Marsha) Novark, Kim Novark and Debbie Anderson; grandchildren Danial (Marvena) Rice, Samuel (Erika) Rice, Sarah (Brandon) Bailey, Will (Sarah) Slovensky, Travis (Laci) Novark, Nathan (Erica) Novark, Heather Novark and Alicia Novark; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and close family friend Rick Greer. 

He also is survived by his three siblings: Beverly Yerger of Hardin (who was born on his third birthday), Richard Novark of Reno, Nevada, and Cheryl (Bob) Hardt of Hardin. 

There will be no services at Bernard’s request. He touched many lives with his wit and honesty, and will be missed by those who were lucky enough to know him.

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