Aug. 13, 1929 - April 20, 2013
It is with great sorrow that the family of Bert Van Komen says goodbye to their cherished husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Bert’s 83-year earthly journey came to a close on April 20th, at Highland Manor Skilled Care Facility, in Fallon with his family at his side.
Bert was born into a hard-working family during the Depression, on the banks of the Red River close to Bennington, OK on August 13, 1929. He was the only child born to Claude Lackey and Velma (Trease) Lackey Van Komen and was later adopted by his father, Ben Van Komen. In 1945, at the age of 16, Bert and his family moved to Churchill County. Shortly thereafter, Bert was introduced to Emma Jean Ferguson, and they were married in Reno on October 2nd, 1949. Their friendship turned into a 64-year romance. Together they had two daughters, Kathy and Karen.
Bert was a creative man of many trades and talents. In 1960, with Emma, they founded EmBer Enterprises, an electrical, pump, well drilling and rental property company; which they operated in Churchill County until their retirement in 2007. He was a humble man, honest, generous hearted, and had a warm, friendly smile. He worked hard, without complaint, saving what he could and sharing what he had with family, friends and strangers in need. Bert enjoyed and loved his family, friends, the outdoors, whistling, camping, riding horses, family pets, playing practical jokes, hunting, fishing and telling great family stories around the campfire. He also enjoyed good food from his garden, the simple things in life and was always appreciative to the Lord for what he had. He taught his family the importance of hard work and the value of money. His family values were without question and his love unconditional. Bert loved the outdoors and shared these adventures with all his family. He led by example, always lifting the spirits of those in his presence. He was a faithful parishioner of the Fallon Seventh-day Adventist Church and of Christian education. He was tireless in his dedication to his Lord, the church and Christian education. His love of children earned him the name of Grandpa Komen to all. Bert loved the Lord and is now sleeping in Jesus and waiting His soon return. He enjoyed each and every personal and business relationship. Thank you, to those who knew him, for being such an important part of his life; we are most grateful.
Bert was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and his only sister, Gladys Warren. Bert is survived by the loves of his life, his wife, Emma Jean; daughters, Kathy Melendy of Fallon and Karen (Ed) Zimmerman of Colville, WA; granddaughters, Heather (Skeeter) Sims, Niki (Travis) Paul, and Halley (John) Davidson, Kati (Wayne) Taylor; grandson, Jesse (Michelle) Melendy; and great grandchildren, Taylor, Tannor, Kamden, Kyli, Alyssa, Lauren, Xander, Xavier, Ashtin and Koltin and extended family.
Visitation will be held at the Smith Family Funeral Home, 505 Rio Vista Drive, on Friday evening, April 26th between 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Fallon Seventh-day Adventist Church, 755 Esmeralda Street, in Fallon at 1:30 pm. A Celebration of Bert’s life will begin at 2:30 p.m. under the direction of the Smith Family Funeral Home. Internment will follow at the Fallon Cemetery, followed by a meal at the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Harvest Time Ministries, P.O. Box 209, Fallon, NV 89407, to further children’s Christian education.