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Richard von Biberstein Jr.

1935 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Richard von Biberstein Jr. Obituary
RICHARD VON BIBERSTEIN JR. Richard von Biberstein, Jr. died on October 24, 2018 of metastatic bladder cancer. He was born on December 23, 1935 in Wilmington, North Carolina to Elizabeth Brooks and Richard von Biberstein. When he was two years old, his family relocated to Burgaw, NC where he lived his entire life except for college and military service. Rick was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, where he majored in business administration before attending law school. He was a member of law review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. After completing law school, he served a three year commitment with the US Army Judge Advocate General Corps and returned to Burgaw in 1963 to practice law for 55 years. During this time he was the Pender County School Board attorney for 30 years, and he served on many county and regional boards, including the Wilmington Business Development Board. He was keenly aware of the need for good education for Pender County students, and he served on the Rotary Student Scholarship board and on the John Motley Morehead Foundation Committee. He was proud that his children established a scholarship fund in his name at Pender High School for students who are planning to attend UNC Chapel Hill. He was committed to Rotary and had at least 16 years of perfect attendance. He was a lifelong member of Burgaw Methodist Church, serving in many capacities through the years. He also was proud of the roles he played at Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel in his second home of Topsail Beach. At Topsail Beach, he also worked tirelessly with the Topsail Beach Historical Society to acquire the Assembly Building for the town, and he helped the town to secure the purchase of Bush's Marina. His great loves were his family, public education, his church, and the UNC Tarheels. Rick is survived by his wife of 60 years Carolyn Lewis von Biberstein; his children, Babs von Biberstein Nichols and husband Jim, Betsy von Biberstein and husband Frank Hobart, Brooks von Biberstein , and Rich von Biberstein and wife Andrea. He had ten grandchildren: Miller and Brooks Nichols; Jake, Eliza, and Walker Powers; Adams and Finch Hobart; and Julia, Richard, and Grace von Biberstein. The family will host a visitation at home (808 E. Bridger Street, Burgaw, NC 28425) on Friday, October 26th from 6-8 PM. The memorial service will be held at Burgaw Methodist Church at 11 AM on Saturday, October 27th with visitation to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Burgaw United Methodist Church, PO Box 26, Burgaw, NC 28425 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.harrellsfh.com A service of Harrell's Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Burgaw.
Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Oct. 26, 2018
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