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Adrian (Ace) Donald Berning, 61, went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 12, 2020. He died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, after a short battle with cancer.

Adrian was born on June 11, 1959, to Donald and Janet Berning of Albertville, MN. He was the fifth of nine children. He attended St. Michael-Albertville schools. When he was 20 years old, he trusted in Jesus as his Savior and strived to honor him with his life. Adrian married Renae (Weber) on April 24, 1981. They eventually made their home in Big Lake, MN, and raised their four children there.

Adrian was a successful business owner, a true visionary, and an extremely hard worker. In 2004, he and his wife started Midwest Bus Parts. In 2017, he, along with his son Derek, started Quality Bus & Truck Parts, the first school bus recycler in the country. Adrian was passionate and driven in his work, but even more so, he loved the people he met while working. When asked recently who his favorite customers were, he paused and said, “all of them.” He loved what he did and never considered it work.

He had many friends and a good-natured spirit that drew people to him.  He enjoyed classic cars and spent part of his early life drag racing and never stopped going to car shows. In 2012, Adrian and Renae purchased a hobby farm in Otsego, MN which had been a dream of theirs for years. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, volunteering at church, leading men’s Bible studies, and discipling people to know and love Jesus as their Savior.

Adrian is survived by his wife, Renae; children Diana (Aaron) Case, Derek (Elizabeth), David, and Danielle; his grandchildren Levi, Jude, Maeve, Eleanor, Matthew, and Lydia; his siblings: Greg (Elaine) Berning, Gordy (Theresa) Berning, Betsy (the late Doug) Vetsch, Mary (Brian) Bebeau, Susie Berning, Duane (Bridget) Berning, LeRoy (Nancy) Berning, and Brian (Pam) Berning; and many nieces and nephews, family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Janet Berning.

A visitation will be held Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Northwest Bible Church in St. Michael. Funeral service will be held Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM, with visitation beginning at 9:30 AM, at Northwest Bible Church in St. Michael. Burial will be at Otsego Cemetery.

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Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. 763-497-5362.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18

29 Guestbook Entries

  1. Bubbles &Jello Dahlheimer

    So sorry to hear about Ace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  2. Sue n Mary Kay

    We are so sorry to hear of Adrian’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Kay Vetsch and Sue Warn

  3. Bruce and Vicki Tieszen

    Our hearts, love, prayers and hugs to your family. May the peace and joy in knowing Ace is with Jesus give you comfort in your sadness and times of missing him.
    Bruce and Vicki Tieszen

  4. Jared Brewington

    We wish your family a deeper closeness after celebrating a great man. His children are such amazing people, and it is a testament to the leadership of a faithful and dedicated husband, father and businessman.

    All our love,

    The Brewingtons

  5. Jennifer Ashfeld

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you as you celebrate his wonderful life!
    Much love,
    The Ashfeld’s

  6. Cheryl (Niichel) LaFountaine

    Dear Renae and Family:
    I was so sorry to hear of Ace’s passing. He was always so kind to everyone and Bob, especially, as a teenager. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you say your earthly goodbyes! Love to you all!

  7. Tim & Wendy Clark

    So sorry to hear of Ace’s passing. May God comfort each of you as you remember and celebrate his life. Praying for you all.

  8. Scott Leffler

    My condolences, wishing you peace in a time of great loss..
    Psalms 73:26 – My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever

  9. Dave Forpahl

    Adrian, … you most definitely left a footprint in this world and left us far too fast. The world will not be the same without your larger than life self. I will always remember and appreciate all that you taught me through your giving heart! A true brother and friend. about that cup of coffee… have one ready for me when I arrive. Shalom, Dear Friend

  10. Eileen Adams

    So sorry for your loss. It’s never easy. But knowing he is in a better place, Is comforting.

  11. Dan and Sandy Gruhlke

    We are so incredibly sorry for this loss. Ace truly loved people with his whole heart. Our prayers are with all who knew and loved him. God will comfort and bring you peace.

  12. Matt and Jami Reeve

    Dear Renae and Family,
    Jami and I are very sorry to hear of Ace’s passing. May our Heavenly Father guide you all on this journey, speak to you in the silence and hold you through the pain. Know that we are praying.

  13. Jim and Carrie Barthel

    We are so sorry for your loss. We remember our Bible studies that we had with you and Jerry and Jeanie and Dorothy Val and Donnie. That was such a wonderful time and memory. Ace has seen Jesus and we can’t wait to get to heaven and see him. Praise the Lord. We are so thankful that he was saved that really is all that matters in this world. We will keep your family in our prayers. God Bless.

  14. Mike and Sue Eisenschenk

    So sorry for your loss. We so enjoyed spending time with you and your young family when Ace and Mike were in Snap On. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Doug and Sally Johnson

    Renae and your kids, we are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed running across you both so much when we visited our families each year. We pray for God to comfort you deeply as you are grieving. We pray He’d provide your every need and fill all the empty spaces.

  16. Linda Ray

    I am so sorry to hear of Adrian’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. God be with you.

  17. steve zachman

    A brother in the Lord who was a joy to be around. Always encouraging! God bless your family at this time. He will be missed.

  18. Dwayne Jacobs

    So sorry for your loss, Adrian will be deeply missed. Prayers from Duey & staff @ Safe-way Bus Somerset Depot.

  19. Curt and Travis Luetgers

    Always a great guy, will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers with Adrian and his family. Curt Luetgers and Travis Luetgers, Minnesota Motor Bus

  20. Dan Barnum and Mayya Moore

    Our deepest sympathies

  21. Tom Perrault

    My sympathies to the family.

  22. Candy Hary

    So much love to all of the Berning Family. Take good care of each other, Candy & Mark Hary

  23. Standard Spring Parts - Garrett, Joy, Scott Ostrom

    God’s peace, and God’s grace to you, Derek and family, and friends (co-workers) at Midwest Bus Parts. Garrett and Joy and I were surprised to hear the news, but thankful for God’s care of Adrian’s life (through his faith in Christ). “In him [Christ] you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” Ephesian 1:13-14.

  24. Chuck Schulz

    Adrain will be missed. I always looked forward to talking to him when I could. He was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with the Berning family.
    R.I.P. Ace.

  25. Genna Haddad

    Renae & kids – My heart is saddened at the loss of your husband/dad. May you hold close to your memories to get you through this difficult time.
    Genna (Gagnelius) Haddad – your babysitter from the ’90s

  26. Judy Slocum

    So sorry for your loss. Ace was always such a kind and happy man and left this world far too early. Blessings to your entire family as you work through such a huge loss.

  27. Mark Benson

    Adrian was a man who always had a great attitude. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  28. Shelly Jonas

    I just heard this news today. I am so sorry for your loss. I appreciated getting to know Adrian through The MN School Bus Operators Assn. He definitely loved his business.

  29. John & Mary Knapp

    Such beautiful tributes by Ace & Renae’s children and meaningful funeral service! We will never forget Ace as a friend, neighbor, & neighbor who befriended our two sons. He was a man of God!


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