Jan. 17, 1934 - Dec. 28, 2012
The Guest Book is expired.
ELKHART- Alfred Leslie Bias, known by friends and colleagues as Al Bias and students as Mr. Bias, died Fri., Dec. 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in his home with his wife by his side. He was 78 years old. He was born Jan. 17, 1934 in Evansville, IN to Arthur Earl Bias and Musetta Inez (Farmer) Bias of Evansville, IN. He married Doris D. Jordan on Aug. 26, 1955. He is preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Trent and James; his sister, Thelma Hicks; and half-brother, Arthur. He is survived by his wife, Doris; his three sons, Les (Jenny), Alan (Lucie), and Wayne; and his nine grandchildren, Shanlynn, Elizabeth, Brianna, Katharine, Sydney, Alexander, Savion, Taylor and Trenton. He is also survived by De Bias, the former wife of his late son, James, and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephew and friends. He graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in education and has a post graduate degree from Indiana University. He worked in Elkhart as an assistant principal and then principal of Elkhart Central High School. Later he was human resources and personnel director of Elkhart Community Schools. Mr. Bias was very active in many organizations both locally and statewide, particularly his church, Grace Lutheran Church of Elkhart. He received multiple awards and achievements over the years, too many to list. Both his humor and perseverance have been the source of many heart-felt stories among his loved ones. There will be a simple funeral service at Grace Lutheran Church, 831 W. Marion St., Elkhart, at 11 a.m. on Wed., Jan. 2, 2013. There will be no visitation. Pastor Tim Diemer will officiate. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Grace Lutheran Church, which has been so supportive over the years. Interment will be private. Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com. The family of Al Bias would like to thank all those who have supported him and his family over the years. God Bless you. In the words of Al Bias, beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, principal and community leader, "Don't be petty, rise above, persevere and strive for excellence in all you do."
Published in South Bend Tribune on December 30, 2012