Alvin Peter Bieber was born on June 19, 1928 in Pound, WI to Charles & Ollie (Patz) Bieber, the fifth of six children. His early days were spent on the family farm, and later he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division and earning the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. His desire was to eventually become an Army Chaplain, but the Lord had other plans for his life.
On June 6, 1953, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Mae Anderson of Oconto Falls, WI. With “Dot’s” (as he fondly called her) encouragement, he attended St. Paul Bible College and later went on to Macalester College. Though Alvin worked in the family trucking business, the Lord continued calling him into full-time ministry. He finally surrendered to the Lord’s leading of reviving struggling churches in WI and IL, the first being the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church of St. Croix Falls, WI. It was there that after ten short years of marriage, the Lord called Dorothy home to be with Him on July 17, 1963. Alvin committed himself to the care of their three daughters, Memorie Mae, Karen Kae and Ruthie Rae and continued the ministry in St. Croix until 1965 when he chose to return to Seminary. He enrolled in Trinity Divinity Seminary and moved the family to Wheaton, IL. Shortly thereafter the Lord opened a door for him to pastor another struggling work in Elgin, IL. While there, Bernice (Scorza) Fisk and her children Mark and Kathy visited the church. After a short courtship, the couple was married on June 25, 1966. Bernice was a loving wife to Alvin and a faithful partner in the ministry as they continued to serve together in West Dundee and eventually Hampshire, IL until the Lord called her home on August 28, 2005.
Alvin was a man who honored his Lord and his family. He was faithful to the ministry, only retiring at the age of 80 out of necessity and wisdom. He was never backward in trying his hand at anything and used his abilities in writing, business, leadership and photography as a means of reaching those around him with the Gospel. He passed along his love of music and travel to his family and could often be found playing a tune at the piano or making melody with a saxophone or an accordion. His travels took him throughout North America and parts of Europe.
In August 2011, Alvin was severely affected by a medicine that caused his once strong body to rapidly decline. He did his best to regain his strength, but after a recent illness in October, he never regained his strength and was called home on November 26, 2012. He is now “singing base in the heavenly choir” as he had always talked about doing.
He is survived by his younger sister, Dorothy, and his children (Ramquists, Biebers, Heidebrinks, Stobbes and Woodbecks) and their families and many extended family members. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him, but he is now rejoicing in Heaven with his Lord and Saviour, the One he loved the most.
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm on Friday, November 30, 2012 Visitation will be held at LAKE WISCONSIN EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, N1640 Ryan Road, Lodi at 12:30 until the time of services
2:00 pm on Friday, November 30, 2012 Funeral services will be held at LAKE WISCONSIN EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, N1640 Ryan Road, Lodi at 2:00 pm.
Burial will be at St. Croix Falls Cemetery, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin