Raymond Bieber

RAYMOND M. BIEBER, 70 DAVIS - Raymond M. Bieber, 70, of rural Davis, went to heaven on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his family, after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. Born June 9, 1942, in Eureka, S.D. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army. Serving from 1960 to 1963, which he was stationed mostly in Germany. On Dec. 21, 1963, he married Joyce Martschinske in Pierre. In 1969, he moved to Illinois to work at Chrysler Corp. He worked there for 30 years, retiring in 1999. Member of local 1268. He loved spending time with his family, because family was very important to him, and he was an avid reader and enjoyed watching birds. He also liked pocketing money from playing euchre and poker from his friends. Ray is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joyce; sons, Jay (Brenda) Bieber of Oregon and Dean (special friend, Tammy Whidby) of Rockford; daughters, Jeannie Bieber of Martinsville, Ind., and Vickie (John) Huwe of Machesney Park; grandchildren, Ashley and Jayson Tucker, Sarah (Joe) Krupke, Jacob Bieber, Stephanie and Rachel Huwe; great-granddaughter, Addison Krupke; brothers, Harvey (Olene) Bieber of Alton and August Bieber of Lead, S.D.; sisters, Millie Vanderwerff of Lead, Esther Leatherman of Peoria and Dianna Tyndall of Lodi, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers-in-law; and two sisters-in-law. Special thank you to Dr. Ahmad and staff of OSF, Dr. Khan and staff of RMH, all the loving people of Serenity Hospice, and to Pastor Theiss. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. John Lutheran Church, Pecatonica, with visitation from 10 a.m. to time of service; the Rev. Terry Theiss will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded. Burial in Eureka, S.D., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name for the Serenity Hospice, Oregon, and the Rockford Rescue Mission. Friends may leave condolences or light a candle in his honor at daughenbaughfh.com.

Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2013