Bernie was born April 6, 1924 in Flint, the son of the late Arlie and Julia (Kehoe) Compton. He graduated from Flint St. Mary High School and Western Michigan University. He served in WWII as a Naval Officer in the Pacific. Bernie married Gloria Walsh on May 28, 1949 in Flint. He was employed by General Motors in data processing and retired from Chevrolet Manufacturing Plant in 1980 with 33 years of service. Bernie was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Fenton and the of Knights of Columbus, Fenton, 3rd Degree. He was a 4-time inductee in the Greater Flint Sports Hall of Fame for his baseball and basketball achievements.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 8, 2010 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 600 N. Adelaide St., Fenton. Rev. Fr. David Harvey celebrant. The family will receive friends 10:00 a.m. Friday until time of Mass at church Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery, Fenton. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Rd., Fenton. A vigil service will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to St. John Church GIFT Fund or a charity of one's choice.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Gloria; 7 children, Gary Compton (Connie) of Fenton, Teresa Hanak (Al) of Fenton, Jim Compton (Sheri) of Grand Rapids, Robert Compton (Karlie) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Diane Compton of Chicago, IL, Janice Lisowski (Robert) of Woodstock, IL, John Compton of Atlanta, GA; brother, James Compton (Yvonne) of Burton; 14 grandchildren, Steven, Dr. Michael, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Daniel, Sam, Sally, Kayte, Cash, Georgia, Jake, Creighton, Max, Hunter; sister-in-law, Rita Compton of Boca Raton, FL. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Joe Compton.
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