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SIDNEY ROY BIERMAN, 89 Richland, Wa. Sidney passed away on February 13, 2017. Born January 24th, 1928 in Comfort, Kendal County, Texas. The eldest son of Blanch Lorena (Childs) and Louis Bierman Jr. Graduate from Brady H.S. in Brady, Texas, May of 1945. At the end of July 1945 he enrolled in the US Maritime Service and became an "Able Bodied Seaman" and shortly thereafter was issued a "Sailors of the Pacific" union card and worked up and down the West Coast, the Philippines and Japanese waters. In June 1948 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve and in 1950 President Truman called up the reserves and he served during the Korean War. In the summer of 1948 he met Dorothy Louise Leifeste and they were married April 16, 1949 in Mason, Mason County, Texas. He became a Master Mason with the Brady Lodge No. 624 AF & AM on May 1950. On April 12th, 1955, Dorothy gave birth to their 1st child, Debra Denise. He graduated with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University in May 1956. In June 1956 he and his family moved to Aruba, Netherland Antilles where he worked for Standard Co. Oil of New Jersey at their Lago Oil & Transport Co. refinery. On July 4th, 1957, Dorothy gave birth to their 1st son, Marcus Craig. In September 1957 he and his family of 4 moved to Austin, Texas where he attended the University of Texas. On November 17, 1958, Dorothy gave birth to their 2nd son, Jeffery Karl. On July 9th, 1959 he and his now family of 5 moved to Richland, Wa., where he went to work for General Electric Hanford Atomic Operations. In September 1960 he passed the Washington State Professional Engineering exam in Chemical Engineers. In April 1963 he reported to work at the Critical Mass Laboratory where he worked for the next 33 years. In December 1963 he received his Master Degree in Nuclear Engineering. In January 1965 the AEC contract to operate the Hanford Laboratories was awarded to Battelle Memorial Institute who he worked for until retiring in 1991. He is survived in life by his brother Aubrey Bierman and his wife Betty, his brother-in-law Frank Roddie, his daughter Debra with 3 grandchildren, Denise, Audra and James and 5 great grandchildren, his son Marcus and his wife Debbie with 2 grandchildren, Nicholas, Jennifer and 6 + 1 due great grandchildren and his son Jeffery and wife Deborah and their daughter Shyla. He was predeceased in life by his wife of 68 years Dorothy Louise (Leifeste) along with his father Louis, mother Blanch Lorena, sisters Phylis Herod and Bernice Roddie. Sidney loved the outdoors, whether walking the beach with mom at their place in Long Beach, Wa. or at their cabin in the Blue Mountains where he enjoyed building their cabin after retiring. Yes, Dad had quite a full and adventuress life. Rest In Peace
Published in Tri-City Herald on Feb. 18, 2017
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