Bernard H. Stiner was born Sept. 18, 1916, in Cowley County and had lived in the Waukegan area since 1942. He graduated from Winfield High School in 1936, from Southwestern College in 1941 and from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, with a Master of Music Education degree. He also studied at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Stiner began his teaching career at Arkansas City High School in 1941 as band and orchestra director and as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma in 1942. During World War II, he served as a musician in the Navy at Great Lakes.
Stiner taught instrumental and vocal music at many schools in Chicago and Waukegan and was assistant professor of music and director of bands at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside Campus. He also directed the Waukegan All City Concert Band.
He belonged to numerous professional and music organizations and received many awards for achievement, including outstanding participation as director of the Waukegan Municipal Band in American Legion Memorial Day parades presented by Waukegan American Legion Post 281.
Mr. Stiner died May 22, 1999, at Provena St. Therese Medical Center in Waukegan at age 82. Survivors include his wife, Caryl (Keating) Stiner, Waukegan, and a sister, Frieda Beth Kuhn, Long Beach, Calif.