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June 12, 1954 - June 25, 2015
Charles Osborn Biedenharn was born on June 12, 1954 in San Antonio, Texas and passed away on June 25, 2015. Chuck attended San Antonio Academy and graduated from Alamo Heights High School. He attended Chapman College in Orange, California, and graduated from the University Of Texas In Austin with a Bachelor Of Business Administration Degree in 1976. Chuck achieved success early in his career as a real estate developer in San Antonio and Central Texas in the 1970's and 1980's, and was the Managing Partner and co-owner of the family partnership which built, owns, and operates the North Frost Center. Chuck was also active in, and a Partner and Director of the Biedenharn family oil and gas business, Osborn Heirs Company. Chuck was also a part of a proud family heritage as Coca-Cola bottlers throughout the South and Southwest, as well as pioneer oil wildcatters in Ada, Oklahoma.

Chuck served for many years as an Advisory Director of Frost Bank, was a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and was a Founding Member of the Petroleum Club of San Antonio. He participated in various civic and charitable organizations and had previously served on the Board of Trustees of the San Antonio Academy and as a member of The Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital Foundation. At the time of his death, Chuck was a member of the Board of Directors of The Lighthouse for the Blind, a member of The University of Texas Fine Arts Council and The Episcopal Church of Reconciliation.

As is evident, Chuck's generosity with his time and resources was unlimited. He never met anyone, from all stations in life, who wasn't his friend and the beneficiary of his attention. Perhaps the only thing that exceeded his generosity was his vivacious personality. Chuck was the life of the party and he always lit up the room. His gregarious and outgoing nature, sense of humor, and quick smile resulted in Chuck being surrounded in his life by a multitude of friends. He was active in many social organizations, including The Order of the Alamo, The Texas Cavaliers, The German Club and The Argyle. Chuck entertained in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he would often hold court for friends and family. Chuck was an adventurer and loved traveling with his beloved son, Charlie, hunting on the family ranch in South Texas, snow skiing with friends and family in Crested Butte, Colorado, and big game fishing in the Gulf of Mexico off Port Aransas in his boat, Locomia. He was also a member and supporter of the Coastal Conservation Association.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Albert M. Biedenharn, Jr. and Betty Osborn Biedenharn. He is survived and immensely loved by his son, Charles Osborn Biedenharn, Jr., his spouse, Alex Garay, his brother, Albert M. Biedenharn III and his wife Kathy, his sister, Jewel Biedenharn Crosswell and her husband, Markley, his brother, Lawrence T. Biedenharn and his wife Carolyn, and his eight nephews and nieces, each one of whom felt that he or she was Uncle Chuck's favorite.

Chuck will also be missed dearly by numerous young people whose lives he touched, including his Godchildren and friends' children who all considered him to be their "Uncle Chuck". Chuck is also survived by long-time Biedenharn family friend, Rudy Reyes. The family wishes to extend its sincere thanks to Drs. Dayton, Nambiar, and Velez, and the many other doctors, nurses, and staff at University Hospital for their professional and loving care. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Porter Loring on McCullough Ave.

Pallbearers are Carey Locke, Rudy Reyes, Jim Pridgen, Art Ramseur, Malcolm Hartman, John Berry, Rand Clark, and Mike Stevenson. Honorary pallbearers are Paul Jornayvaz, Brad Lomax, Andy Smith, Chris Kopecky, and Steve Rubin. For those who desire, memorial donations may be made to The Lighthouse for the Blind, The Episcopal Church of Reconciliation, UT Health Science Center-University Hospital, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, or a . You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com

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Published in Express-News on June 27, 2015
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