Mandan News

Obituaries – July 7-13, 2012

Bernard Glardon

Bernard Levore Glardon, “Bernie,” of Santa Fe, Texas, passed away on July 3, 2012.

A private celebration of his life was held on Friday, July 6, for his family members with Don Lee, Jr. serving as celebrant. His remains were returned to Mandan, to rest beside his loving wife.

Bernie was born to William and Julia (Rask) Glardon in Mandan, on Jan. 7, 1927.

Bernie lived his life in North Dakota, in Montana, and finally settled in Texas.

Bernie began his career following in his dad’s footsteps working as a machinist for the railroad in Laurel, Mont. He was a proud Navy veteran of World War II, serving his country from January 1945 to July of 1946. While in the Navy, he trained at the Great Lakes Naval base and served on the USS YP628 and the USS Hooper Island (ARG17).

After his discharge from the Navy, he married the love of his life, Mary, in 1947.

When Amoco (Standard Oil) built the refinery in his hometown of Mandan, Bernie began his 30-year career in the manufacturing industry. In 1968 he transferred to the Amoco Chemical Chocolate Bayou Plant just outside of Alvin, Texas. He worked in various capacities throughout the years for Amoco in the maintenance area including Instrument and Electrical, Inspection, eventually retiring as a Maintenance Supervisor. Bernie enjoyed his retirement, dabbling in woodwork, where he built some truly amazing replica steam engine trains as well as toy boxes and dollhouses for his grandchildren. He also enjoyed rock polishing, golfing, fishing, dirt track racing and spending time with his family.

After moving to Santa Fe in 2005 to be closer to his son Bill, Bernie spent countless hours driving around the neighborhood on his Kawasaki “Mule,” running the roads and “keeping an eye on things.” He would always stop to visit with friends and neighbors and even the occasional stranger he met along the way. Bernie finalized his commitment to Texas when he decided he wanted to raise cattle. At any given time, Bernie could be spotted sitting in his shop watching his four Longhorns and two Black Angus.

Bernie is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Mary (Sinkula) Glardon also of Mandan; and his daughter, Lolyne Dickson of Liverpool, Texas.  Bernie is survived by his children, Peggy Hobbins and husband Tommy of Pledger, Texas, Jim Glardon of Freeport, Texas, Bill Glardon and wife LuAnne of Santa Fe, Texas, Don Glardon of Jacksonville, Fla.; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Condolences may be sent to the Glardon family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546, 281-992-7200.