OBITUARY

The Rev. Kenneth R. Bieber Sr.

June 16, 1943October 12, 2021

The Rev. Kenneth Richard Bieber, Sr. of Mason, MI passed away from Covid on October 12, 2021. He was born on June 16, 1943 to Francis Jerome and Mary Mason Scott Bieber in Detroit, MI. He was married to Diane Elizabeth Duncan Bieber for 54 years.

Kenneth was raised in Royal Oak, MI and was a graduate of Royal Oak Dondero High School (1961). He attended Oakland University and graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. As a U.S. Naval officer during the Viet Nam conflict, Lt. Bieber served aboard the USS Brush DD 745, the USS Advance MSO 510, the USS Compton DD 705, and the USS Damato DD 871. Working in pneumatic industrial sales and management, he was employed by Ross Operating Valve Co. and by I.S.I. Fluid Power, Fraser, MI.

Following a call to ordained ministry, he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1985 from Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry, Ambridge, PA. As an Anglican priest Fr. Ken pastored churches in Michigan and Ohio (St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Church of the Risen Lord, Chapel of Jesus the Forgiver, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, and Emmanuel Anglican Fellowship). He was appreciated for his wisdom, kindness, and sense of humor. He also served as a hospice chaplain in Ohio {Crossroads Hospice) and Michigan (Heartland Hospice). He was an avowed member of the Missionary Society of St. John the Evangelist. In recent years he attended Christ the King Anglican Church in DeWitt, MI and enjoyed fellowship in the Mason Senior Citizens’ Club.

Fr. Ken was a wonderful godly man, husband, father, grandfather, pastor, and friend. He is survived by his wife Diane, children Kirsten Pattenaude (Kermit), Anna Thiel (Karl), and the Rev. Kenneth Bieber, Jr. (Carla). He was blessed to have 12 grandchildren (Brian, Megan, Kermit, Alexander, Brady, Aaron, Meredith, Claire, Duncan, Aidan, Jack, and Kenny). And 6 great-grandchildren (Mackenzie, Gabriel, Cecillia, Elijah, Chloe, and Jackson). Also surviving are his dear sister Nancy Hosking (William J.), brother Robert Bieber, and many beloved nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11 at River Terrace Church, East Lansing, MI. Interment of ashes will be at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Mi.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “Operation Smile” (Life changing surgery for children overseas born with cleft palate), 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23453. May Kenneth rest in peace eternally in the presence of his faithful Lord Jesus Christ. All glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grbdmason.com for the Bieber family.

Services

11 November

Memorial Service

11:00 am

River Terrace Church


East Lansing, Michigan

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

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REED HEATHER

October 20, 2021

I still remember the day you moved in next to us in Frankenmuth. You were a great neighbor and friend to have. We were very lucky to have you in our lives. You brought joy into my life.

To the Bieber family im sending my love and strenght to you.

Desi Duncan

October 19, 2021

I have so many fond memories with Uncle Ken. We will all miss him.

Joe and Cindy Vitunic

October 16, 2021

Dear Dianne and Family,

We have so many wonderful memories of seminary days together, and especially our support group. What precious times in Christ we shared! One very special time was when you shared steaks with us all, a very rare treat at the time!

By necessity we spent a lot of time in the library studying, but often took breaks to play ping-pong in the back room. Aside from being a really good guy he was a quite a competitor. Also, we won't forget his sense of humor or his smile.

All in all, it was a blessed time of life shared deeply with precious friends to whom we never stopped feeling close.

Our deepest sympathy to all of you. What a great loss of a great man. Yet, grateful for the sure and certain hope we have in Him.

Joe and Cindy

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