Drell E. BernhardsonPastor Drell Earl Bernhardson was called back into the arms of the Lord on January 13, 2013, at the age of 93. He was born on April 4, 1919 to Elvin and Florence Bernhardson in Comstock, Minnesota. He grew up on the farm, the eldest of eight children and graduated from Comstock High School at 16 years of age. He attended Moorhead State for 2 years and because of the depression, worked on the farm for 2 years before returning to graduate from Concordia College in Moorhead. Drell went into the seminary and was ordained as a Lutheran pastor from Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois in 1945.
Drell was united in marriage to Adeline E. Dekko of Ada, Minnesota on June 18, 1944 and spent over 68 years together in their life's work in the church. Drell served at Swaborg Lutheran near Hooper, NE, First Lutheran in Grove City, MN, Messiah Lutheran in Fargo, ND, Thabor Lutheran in Wausa, NE and St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Pender, NE.