Bernard "Bernie" Abeyta

  • Born: January 29, 1944
  • Died: August 24, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Bernard Donald Abeyta, 75, passed peacefully from this world on August 24, 2019 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. A visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd. Ankeny, IA). A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 30, 2019 at Lutheran Church of Hope - Ankeny (520 NW 36th St., Ankeny, IA) on Friday, August 30 at 10:00. A luncheon at the church and burial of ashes at Ankeny Memorial Gardens will follow the service.
Bernie was born in Aguilar, CO to Adam and Connie Abeyta. In his youth, he spent many hours playing with friends and cousins in town and in the hills of southern Colorado. At a very young age, he worked with his parents on the ranch and in the gas station his family owned. His father died when Bernie was a teenager and he continued to run the gas station until he graduated (Valedictorian) from Aguilar High School and left for college. He graduated from Colorado State University with a Mechanical Engineering degree and began his career at John Deere Des Moines Works in Ankeny, Iowa, where he worked 35 years until his retirement in 2002.
Bernie married Dania Clark-Lempers soon after coming to Iowa and to this union, daughter Angela and son Adam were born. He was an exceptional father, giving his children equal amounts of discipline and unconditional love. Bernie was active in Ankeny Jaycees, took flying lessons and bought an airplane with two friends, and traveled back to Colorado every summer – while making close, lasting relationships with many co-workers at John Deere.
In 1981, Bernie and Debra were married and they combined their families as one with Angela, Adam and Jessica. In his free time, Bernie spent many hours on home-improvement and landscaping projects, running (numerous races and 19 marathons, including Boston), learning to play guitar, playing games, and cracking jokes for his children and grandchildren. He was a loving brother, husband, father, and grandfather. His sharp mind, incredible memory, many talents and sense of humor will be sorely missed.
After retirement from John Deere, Bernie and Debra traveled to Europe, China, Spain, Mexico, Canada and many U.S. states. Bernie always held his home state of Colorado close to his heart and loved owning a vacation home in Colorado Springs, CO where we hiked, biked, and took many day-trips on the Harley around the area.
Bernie is survived by his wife, Debra, daughter, Angela Campbell (Brendan) West Hartford, CT, son, Adam Abeyta (Deb), San Diego, CA, and daughter, Jessica Anderson (Jason), Ankeny, IA and grandchildren Madeleine Campbell, Fiona Campbell, Isabelle Anderson, and Dominic Anderson. In addition, he is survived by his former wife Dania (Jacques) Clark-Lempers, Escondido, CA, his sisters Ida Mae Marquez, Aguilar, CO and Vivien Febbraro (Joe), Trinidad, CO and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Frank, and nephews Gregory and Wesley Febbraro.
The family sends a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Thomas Buroker and the staff at Stoddard, the Staff at Edencrest Siena Hills, and the staff at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, especially Amy and Daisy.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Mercy Hospice, Johnston, IA or the American Cancer Society.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Debbie and Family,
Our Deepest sympathies to all of you. Bernie was a person I looked up to when I was a young girl. He was the brother of my Aunt Ida Marquez. He was always happy to see me and my family when he came to visit my Aunt. He was a lot of fun and always had a good time. We are truly so sorry to hear that he has passed.. God Bless all of You.

Posted by Arnold and Abigail Gallegos - Hoehne, CO - Family Friend   September 02, 2019

Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Please find comfort in God's word.

Posted by A friend   August 30, 2019

My heartfelt sympathy at this time. For me Bernie was one of the best people at Deere. He will be greatly missed by all who were lucky to have known him. Too soon.

Posted by Fred Fuller - Ankeny, IA - Coworker   August 29, 2019

I was sadden by the passing of Bernie. He will be missed by many. My prayers go out to all those who loved him.
Remember that he is now in a family reunion, with Jesus as the director.

Posted by Mary McCracken - Des Moines, IA - Coworker   August 29, 2019

My deepest sympathy is with you and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Bev

Posted by Beverly Allison - Madrid, IA   August 29, 2019

Dear Deb,

Dennis and I are deeply saddened by the loss of your Bernie. We are so glad that we were able to know Bernie and we treasure the times that we were able to spend together. We so enjoyed his kindness, his quick smile and sense of humor and his wonderful sense of wit. He could strike up a conversation with anyone! And, he made all of us feel important. Heaven did, indeed, receive a special angel. I am so sorry that we will not be able to be at the visitation or the funeral. We are in charge of our little 2 year old all of this week.

I hope that we may connect very soon. Deb, your friendship has meant so very much! We are connected through family, friends and a deep understanding. I am grateful.

Dennis and I hold you and yours in our hearts continuously. We are here for you! I hope you know that.

Our deepest sympathies to all of you.
With Love,
Gayle and Dennis

Posted by Gayle Hartwig - Mt. Vernon, IA - Friend   August 28, 2019


I am so sorry to hear this. RIP Bernie. I am so happy I had the chance to take care of him while he was at Edencrest. He always brought a smile to my face with his jokes, or his smart comebacks. My thaughts and prayers are with Deb and family.

Posted by Traci Udstrand - ANKENY, IA   August 28, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to you, Debbie and your family.

Posted by Lee & Barbara Kreger - Cedar Rapids, IA - Family   August 27, 2019

My deepest sympathy to you, Debbie and your family. . Hold dear your most cherished memories. Carolyn Magnani

Posted by Carolyn Magnani - Johnston, IA   August 27, 2019

Deb and family - My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Tami

Posted by Tami Fujinaka - Ankeny - Family Friend   August 27, 2019