He was born July 15, 1947 in Cedar Rapids, to Gerhardt and Lois Morse Gutz. He married Mardel Lyman Hout Aug. 23, 1986 in Newell. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam. Bernie was the Chief of Police in Bloomfield and also in Rolla, N.D. He moved to Belleville, Ill. in 2004 where he worked as a security officer at the U.S. Federal Building in St. Louis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing.
He leaves behind his parents; wife; two daughters, Brenda (Jay) Zeitler of Milton, Kelly (B.J.) Habben of Sioux Rapids; two sons, Brandon (Heidi) Hout of Rock Springs, Wyo., Brian (Maribel) Hout of Honolulu, Hawaii; seven grandchildren, J.R. and Carson Zeitler, Makayla Hout, Darin, Parker, Caden, and Shaylen Habben; two brothers, Norlin Gutz of Storm Lake, Floyd Knapp of Bismarck, N.D.; and a sister, Javerna Padgett of Cedar Rapids.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Knapp.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Kevin Gingerich officiating. Burial with military rites performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 American Legion in Bloomfield will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin after 11 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Online condolences may be directed to www.waglerfuneralhome.com.