Bernard Anthony

Bernard Anthony "B.A" Sethaler

November 6, 1945 - February 18, 2021

Bernard Anthony Sethaler (B.A.), 75, passed from this earth on February 18, 2021. Bernie was born in Denver, Colorado to Perry T. “Pat” Sethaler and Susan Margaret Doherty Sethaler. Bernie has three children, Deborah Anne, Brian Keith and Valerie Maureen. In 1976, Bernie married Patricia Ann Lawrence in Highland Heights, Kentucky. Bernie’s life passion was education and he taught in the public school systems for 48 years. While teaching school, he began coaching football and wrestling. Influencing thousands of kids while teaching Industrial Arts (drafting, carpentry, construction, auto repair and welding) was his gift to the world.
His teaching included mentoring, guiding and putting up with no nonsense. Kids knew he was fair and that he genuinely liked being their teacher. He reached kids through teaching in Kentucky, Montana, Texas and ending his career in Elko, Nevada. Skills/USA was his special passion. He coached many students to state and national competitions.
Bernie is leaving behind wife, Patricia; sister, Gretchen Sethaler of Colorado; children, Debbi (Hugo) Ferchau of Colorado, Brian (Steffanie) Sethaler of Texas and Valerie (Jay) McLeod of Texas. His beloved grandchildren are Melita Helen Ferchau, Kylee Ann McLeod, Audrey Mae Sethaler, Shelby Lynn Sethaler, Kaitlyn Perry McLeod and Brendon James Sethaler.
Services for Bernie will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Johnson-Moore Funeral Home in Denison with Deacon Gary Vogel officiating.
Instead of flowers, the family is requesting contributions to either of the following:
Pottsboro AG Department, 901 W. FM 120, Pottsboro, TX 75076 or Gunnison Athletic Program, Gunnison High School, 800 W. Ohio Avenue, Gunnison, CO 81230.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Moore Funeral Home.
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  • Scott Jackson


    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. May you find comfort and peace during this difficult time. Scott and Roma Jackson

  • Theresa V Martinez


    Patricia, Joe and I are so sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing. May God be with you and your family. Our prayers are with all of you. Theresa and Joe Martinez

  • Gregg Descheemaeker


    So sorry to hear of Bernie’s passing. Coincidentally, I was lying awake at 3:00AM this morning thinking about him, and wondering where his journey had taken him and Patty. It wasn’t until this afternoon that one of my brothers sent a text to me with the sad news. Crazy how the mind and spirits work! Bernie left a strong impression on me during my junior high and high school years in Central Montana. He was a teacher, mentor, coach (cross country), counselor, and genuinely a good friend. He always struck a great balance of meeting me where I was at as a teenager, earning my trust and confidence, while also doling out the right amount of hard nosed truth when deserved. I appreciated and needed both, especially the hard nosed part as I neared the end of my H.S. years. I have MANY fond memories of our extensive time together. To name a few… The days of him driving alongside of us boys on the Cross Country team as we trained out in the hills around Grass Range, playing music and doling out random coaching tid-bits (he was admittedly NOT a runner or a subject matter expert in that area, but we appreciated the effort!) and our many road trips to meets around the State; our 8th Grade Montana History trip to Yellowstone Park (it snowed a ~foot over night on our camp, and his one man tent collapsed on him – he took it in stride with that classic smile); Bernie joining one of my brothers and me on an Elk hunting trip to Southwestern MT (we got skunked on the Elk hunting, but had some really good laughs!). My thoughts go out to Patty and Bernie’s family. Patty – we were lucky to get both of you into our small town when we did, to “open” our new shop and Home-Ec programs, and in general to add such a nice element to our small community. You made an important difference. Thank you. God Bless, Gregg Descheemaeker

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