OBITUARY

James Andrew Biever

February 7, 1964August 12, 2020
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James “Jim” A. Biever, 56, died in hospice care on August 12, 2020 following a short but valiant battle with cancer. Jim was a loving husband, devoted father, caring brother and uncle, and a loyal friend. He lived a rewarding, faith-filled life.

Born in Lebanon, PA, on February 7, 1964 to the late Victor P. and Lois S. (Readinger) Biever, Jim grew up in Pleasant Hill. He was a 1982 graduate of Cedar Crest High School, where he excelled in track and academics.

Jim graduated at the top of his class at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy on April 11, 1988. He served the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) over the next 25 years with great dedication, starting off with Troop K in Limerick, and then spending the majority of his years with Troop L at Jonestown. There, he worked as a Criminal Investigator and achieved the rank of Corporal. After his retirement on February 15, 2013, he spent the next seven years as a polygraph examiner and private investigator. Jim always looked back on his years of service with the PSP with extreme pride and honor and often reflected on fond memories of various cases and of the men and women with whom he served.

Jim loved music and played his piano every day. He was a member of Friedens (Peace) Lutheran in Myerstown, where he shared his talent as their organist. He was also the organist at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lebanon. He blessed many people with his beautiful music, as he played with such passion and heart. Every Sunday when he sat down to play for service, he said he offered up his music to God.

When he wasn’t working or playing his music, Jim liked chopping wood, riding his bike, going out for Monday night “meetings” with his friends, and taking trips to his beach house in Delaware, where he usually indulged in a Grotto’s pizza and Coke. He enjoyed spending time with his family and beloved dogs, Trooper and Oliver, while watching The Office and eating a Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard (made with chocolate ice cream, of course!) from Dairy Queen.

In addition to his wife of 31 years, Michelle A. (Boyer), Jim is survived by his two daughters, Suzanne E., wife of Matthew Grodzinski, of Manheim; and Noel E. of Lebanon; as well as a sister, Diane E., wife of Jerome Gottleib, of Lebanon; two nephews, John A. (Dani) of Cleona, Matt A. (Jana) of Lancaster; one niece, Emily E., of Palmyra; and great nieces and nephews Madeline, Jack, Sofia, Victor, and Reggie. He was preceded in death by his brother, John. A.

SERVICE: A service will be held on Saturday, September 5th at Frieden’s Lutheran Church, 301 W Washington Ave, Myerstown, PA 17067. The musical prelude will begin at 9:30AM, followed by the liturgy at 10AM. The service will be followed by a luncheon, where you can peruse the pictures and memorabilia of Jim and visit with the family. Please reference Jim’s Caring Bridge page at caringbridge.org/visit/jimbiever for more details as they come. The family and Frieden’s ask for all COVID-19 precautions to be followed to ensure the health and safety of all those who would like to visit with the family and celebrate the life of Jim. For those who cannot attend the memorial service, there will be a live stream which can be found on Frieden’s Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Biever Family Police Scholarship Fund. It was Jim’s final mission to create a scholarship for those who wish to pursue a career as a police officer but need the funds to make it happen. Donations can be sent to PO Box 114, Cornwall, PA 17016. Or, you can make a donation to the creation of the Frieden’s Memorial Garden at Frieden’s Lutheran Church, 301 W Washington Ave, Myerstown, PA 17067 using the reference “Memorial Garden.”

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 5, 2020

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Donna and Brian Felty and Gilson

August 16, 2020

I GREW UP IN PLEASANT HILL WHEN I MET JIM, HE WAS A QUIET BUT NICE GUY!!! I DON’T REMEMBER HIM COMING OUT AND HANGING WITH US KIDS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD MUCH. HE WAS ALWAYS A NICE SWEET THOUGHTFUL PERSON IN SCHOOL. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT FOR HIS FAMILY!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Linda and Lee Clawser

August 15, 2020

Michelle and Daughters, We Send Our Sincere Sympathy To You and Daughters. Jim, Was Always There If You Needed A Little Bit Of Help Or Advice. He Will Be Missed. Linda Readinger Clawser And Husband Lee, Alberta Readinger And James Readinger And Wife Karen.

Chip Schwalm

August 14, 2020

I remember well the skinny kid who strolled up for his first day of summer construction work.
What a surprise , your work ethic and attitude. We worked hard and had fun doing it.
You never questioned what was next just tore in to the next task like there was no tomorow.
We remained in touch from that first summer we met and I will miss you.
Your a one of a kind I have been blessed to have shared some of this grand life with.
Special memories of a special gentleman.

Jonathan Frye

August 14, 2020

Jim and I were Cedar Crest High School classmates. With a few of our friends, we planned and rode our first overnight bike ride together, sparking a lifelong commitment to riding for fun/transportation/exercise. All of my memories of Jim are fond ones: he was the nicest, kindest, most decent person I knew growing up. I grieve with you, and pray that the family feels the comforting and blessing of the Spirit of Peace.

Nancy Pelepko

August 14, 2020

What a loss for our world. When the best die, we grieve more deeply because the world no longer has the gift. I didn’t know James Biever personally but I certainly know the beautiful work he left behind in the person of two amazing human beings, his daughters. Believing that they will carry on the good work he has done on earth gives consolation that he is still here. Noel and Suzy clearly reflect who their father was in kindness, integrity, love, helpfulness, honesty, understanding, compassion, talent and pure love and loveliness. I can only imagine that God feels that Jim has done enough on earth and that now he will start his new job in heaven as God may need a good assistant. May I send my love and heartfelt sympathy to his wonderful wife, Michelle, and two very remarkable daughters, Suzanne and Noel.

State Trooper Philip Melley Memorial Lodge

August 13, 2020

...The sincere condolences of all the officers and members of the Trooper Philip Melley Memorial Lodge of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association are hereby respectfully forwarded upon the passing and loss of our Active Fraternal Order of Police Member and Former Pennsylvania State Police Corporal James A. Biever...

Linda Leffler

August 13, 2020

Sending my sincere sympathy to Jim's family. Jim was a wonderful man, he will surely be miss by all who knew him.

David Cusatis, Ret. PSP

August 13, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rest In Peace my Brother, a true testament to PSP and the 71st PSP Cadet Class ! You will be missed Brother, but never forgotten.

Rev. Johnnie and Elaine Lengel

August 12, 2020

Our prayers and love is with dear Michelle and your beautiful daughters. Your in our hearts with sadness over your loss and know our Lord holds Jim in his loving arms. Seems like only yesterday we were at your wedding. God bless and keep you surrounded by his love.

Lori Burrus

August 12, 2020

My prayers are with your family. Love, Lori

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