The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 28, 2012

Richard ‘Dick’ Lawson Bernard


CHAMPAIGN — Richard Lawson Bernard, 86, of Champaign, passed away Dec. 20, 2012, in Danville.

He was born to Clarence and Ilda Bernard in Detroit, Mich., in 1926.

Dick was an internationally-recognized soybean research geneticist, working for 34 years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Soybean Research Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Survivors include: his sister, four children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother.

Visitation: 1 p.m. today, Dec. 29, at Heath & Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm St., Champaign. Services: 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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