About Bernshausen Automotive

Bernshausen Automotive was opened by owner John Bernshausen's grandfather, Les Bernshausen, in 1941. The shop started out as an Allis Chamblers tractor and supply store. Les later passed that business on to John's father, Jim Bernshausen, who ran the business until it closed in 1986.

In June 1986, Jim's son, Larry, re–opened the shop as Bernshausen Automotive. Shortly after, he saw a need in the community and surrounding areas for a parts store, so he opened one in the front of the shop. Larry decided that he would semi–retire in 2013 to pursue his love of drag racing. He will still be seen around the shop working occasionally.

Today, the shop is presided over by John Bernshausen. Over the decades, we have continuously updated all the facets of the business, and we continue to do. We have several decades of experience, which amounts to things getting done quickly and correctly the first time!

John and Deb are also very active in the community. They have both served on the Village Board and are on the Popcorn Festival Committee. John and Deb love spending time with their children and especially their grandchildren. Their second love is traveling.

About Bernshausen Automotive

Meet Our Team

John & Deb Bernshausen – Owners

John started with his father who at the time had an had an Allis Chalmer Dealership. John along side of his 3 brothers started working on tractors at a young age. In the 1980's Johns brother Larry took over the building after the Allis Chalmer Dealership closed and form Bernshausen Automotive Corp .John had worked for the family business since 1986. When his brother, Larry, retired in 2013, John and Deb took over the business. John is a jack of all trades. He is a mechanic, a service writer, counter man and runs the business. In his spare time he is a volunteer firefighter and EMT with Forman Fire and Ambulance in his small town.

Deb has been with the shop since they took it over. She worked as a Surgical Technologist, (assisting the doctor in surgery), for 25 years and retired from that field to work with John. Deb is also a jack of all trades to some degree. She is the office person, paying the bills, service writer, parts girl, and the counter girl. In her spare time she is an EMT with Forman Ambulance in their small town.

John has two daughters from a previous marriage, Amy who is married to John and has 2 boys, Devon and John, and Amanda who is currently engaged to David. Deb has 2 children also from a previous marriage, Chris who is married to Mandy, Chris has two children from a previous marriage, Hunter and Jaxson. Mandy has a daughter from a previous marriage, Abby and they have one child together, Amelia and Deb has a daughter, Amanda. So that makes 6 grandchildren and counting! They keep them hopping. Also no a typo, we have 3 Johns and 2 Amanda's and a Mandy!

John and Deb are also very active in the community. They have both served on the Village Board and are on the Popcorn Festival Committee. John and Deb love spending time with their children and especially their grandchildren. Their second love is traveling.