In Memory of

Bernard Monson

June 15, 1929 - June 13, 2019
From: Gowrie, IA

Gowrie- Bernard W. Monson, 89, passed away peacefully at Pearl Valley Rehab and Nursing, Gowrie on Thursday, June 13, 2019 just 2days before his 90th birthday.

Funeral services will be 10:30 Monday, June 17, 2019 at United Methodist Church, Gowrie with Pastor Jim Davis officiating. Burial will be in Gowrie Township Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4:00 pm Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie.

Bernard is survived by his two daughters, Monica (Greg) Yoder of Middlebury, IN and Sibyl (Vance) Bauer of Gowrie; sister, Nancy Owen of Cedar Rapids; niece, Sue (Mark) Owen-Anton of Mt. Vernon; nephew, Todd Owen of Denver, CO; great niece and great nephew, Faith and Blaise Anton; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Irene (Stanek) Monson; wife, Karen (Sellstrom) Monson; brother-in-law, Don Owen; and great nephew, Joseph Anton.

Bernard Wayne Monson was born June 15, 1929. He attended country school and graduated from Gowrie High School in 1947. At age 16, Bernard became a full partner in the family dairy operation, Meadow View Farm and began his lifetime love and devotion to Brown Swiss cows and the dairy industry. He attended one year of college at Iowa State College and then served in the ARMY for the following two years. On August 2, 1958, he was united in marriage to Karen Sellstrom. The couple built their home on the family dairy farm in Gowrie where they raised their two daughters. Bernard spent his life dairy farming and in service to promoting the dairy industry and the Brown Swiss breed. He served on numerous state and national dairy and agriculture committees over the years and was elected president of the National Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association from 1974 – 1979. He became a well-known and respected international dairy cattle judge. During these years he traveled all over the United States, Europe, South and Central America, and Africa judging shows and being an ambassador for Brown Swiss. He held a position with the National Brown Swiss association as an area representative and herd classifier for 18 years. Even in his retirement, his devotion to Brown Swiss cattle continued. In 2006, he was part of a committee selected to gather information to establish the National Brown Swiss Historical Society, of which he served as the first president.

Memorials may be left to family discretion.


Monday, June 17, 2019
10:30 am
United Methodist Church, Gowrie
Sunday, June 16, 2019
After 4:00 pm
Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie


Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:08 AM
“Monica, Sybil, and family: Your dad was always a pleasure to be around when he was in the BS office. He was a hard worker, a well-respected judge and classifier, and a good man. Our deepest condolences on your loss. Praying the Lord will comfort you as you grieve.”
- Rebekah Bovee

Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 7:02 AM
“So sorry about your Father's death. It sounds like he was a good man. Ron”
- Ron and Judy Warrick

Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 7:22 AM
“From the heart I cannot ever remember anyone having a negative comment about Bernard.

It is not just that my father spoke very highly of him or that my first boss George Opperman did the same, it was the relationship we made over the years.

Bernhard was an honest straightforward. Gentleman. iLearned so much him in terms of how treat people. He and my father helped me to understand to look at everything from another person's eyes.

It occurs to me tonight that I mourn the three men that have shaped my life the most... my dad George and Bernard. God bless each one of them and God bless us all that they were on our lives
- Dan Gilbert

Friday, June 14, 2019 at 8:16 PM
“Monica & Sibyl. Sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I enjoyed visiting with Bernard many times at meetings, shows and when he was in Beloit. I participated in shows when your father judged and always enjoyed discussing placing with him afterwards. Many good memories of times I spent with Bernard and Karen. I still wear some of her jewelry.
My condolences to you and your family. Tish Byrne”
- Letitia Byrne

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