Bernard was a farmer, plumber and pipe fitter at Celina Lake Contracting. He served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He played baseball as a child for the Motezuma Ducks as a catcher and also played while in Korea. Bernard Wilker was born on March 7, 1933, in St. Mary's, OH to Julius and Gertrude (Kramer) Wilker. On November 5, 1955 he married Marceil Brunswick, they had nine children, four boys and 5 girls.