Bernard “Bernie” Kreikemeier, 50, of Lees Summit, Mo., formerly of West Point, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Bernard G. Kreikemeier was born Sept. 28, 1956, in West Point to John B. and Virginia Pieper Kreikemeier. He attended Guardian Angels Catholic School and was a 1974 graduate of Central Catholic High School. He married Mary Prinz on Nov. 21, 1979. The couple made their home there while he worked at Iowa Beef Processing. He then worked his way through Wayne State College, graduating with a teaching degree in 1987. The family moved to Missouri where he taught at St. Mary's school in Independence, Mo. In 1989, he began teaching at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, where he chaired the computer department, taught computers and accounting. He was assistant varsity baseball coach and sophomore football coach. He received his master's degree in 1994 and was working toward his administration degree.
He was member of Our Lady of Presentation Catholic Church in Lees Summit and 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus. He was an umpire and referee.
Survivors include: his wife; two daughters, Beth and Brooke (and fiancé, Adam Warden), all of St. Louis; three sons, Patrick, Brett and Bryce, all at home; his parents, John B. and Virginia Kreikemeier of West Point; his mother-in-law, Beata Prinz of West Point; five sisters, Carol (and husband, Rich) McGill of Fremont, Mary (and husband, Larry) Rihanek of Pender, Joan (and husband, Leon) Steffen of West Point, Marcia (and husband, Carmen) Klein of Bellevue and Susan (and husband, Joe) Hodson of Omaha; three brothers, John (and wife, Anita) of North Bend, Kevin (and wife, Cherie) and Thomas (and wife, Kris), all of West Point.
He was preceded in death by a brother, his father-in-law, a brother-in-law and grandparents.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in West Point with the Rev. Frank Lordemann officiating. A prayer service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rockhurst High School Rose Theater in Kansas City, Mo. A wake service with a Knights of Columbus rosary will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Stokely Funeral Home in West Point and will continue at the church. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Rockhurst High Schools Baseball Field and Program, Central Catholic Endowment, or Neurofibromatosis type 2 research.
Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.stokelyfuneralhome.com.