June 25, 1924 - July 3, 2012
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Gus Edward Biering, age 88, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. He was a loving and beloved husband, father, and grandfather, and a loyal friend.
Descended from the first generations of German immigrants to Texas, Gus was born in San Antonio to Gus and Gertrude (Hanna) Biering. He graduated at 16 from Breckenridge High School and enrolled at Texas A&M. Like many in his class, Gus volunteered for active duty in 1943. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Gus saw combat action in France and Germany. Honorably discharged as a Captain, Gus returned to Texas A&M and graduated in 1948.
After graduation, he farmed in South Texas and worked for Caterpillar Industries in Houston. In 1957, Gus returned to College Station and shortly afterward began his career with the Texas A&M System in Facilities Planning and Construction where he worked until his retirement in 1992. During his 25 years with the A&M System, he actively participated in its growth and oversaw the construction of many campus facilities such as the computer science building, petroleum building, new tennis courts and countless others. His final project for A&M was the John Connolly Building. In 1995 Gus was proud to be recognized as an honorary Ross Volunteer.
Gus was married to June Bump, who preceded him in death. In 1963, on a handshake, Gus bought acreage around the Harvey community. He settled there, built his home, and enjoyed the country life he loved throughout his life.
In 1990, Gus married Norma Coindreau. Together, Norma and Gus enjoyed a full and happy life filled with gardening, travel, raising horses and grandchildren. His retirement was spent doing what he loved.
Gus is survived by Norma, his wife of 22 years; daughters Karen Minyard and husband Bill of Houston and Norma Williams and husband Roger of Austin; grandchildren Christopher, Kelsey, Joe and Rachel; sister Mary Frances Biering of Albuquerque, NM, and sister-in-law Mary Lou Granata of Bryan.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 8, 2012, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan, TX. Following visitation, there will a celebration of Gus' life at 4:00 pm July 8 at Hillier Funeral Home. Graveside services will be Monday, July 9, 2012, at 1:00 pm at San Fernando Cemetery #2 in San Antonio, Texas.
Those desiring may make a memorial contribution in Gus' honor to the Texas A&M University Foundation, 401 George Bush Dr, College Station, TX, 77840.
Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from July 6 to July 9, 2012