Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL


Dr. Girma Biresaw, Ph.D.

August 18, 1948September 8, 2020

PEORIA -- Dr. Girma Biresaw, Ph.D. 72 of Peoria passed away from low blood sugar on the morning of Tuesday, September 8th as he slept.

Girma was born on August 8, 1948 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was preceded in death by his parents, his two older brothers and sister.

Girma traveled to the US in 1973 to study Mathematics and Textile Chemistry and earned dual BS degrees in May 1977. He attended graduate school at the University of California at Davis where he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1981. It is there that he met his wife of 35 years. Girma worked as a Lead Research Scientist for the US Department of Agriculture. He is an internationally renowned expert in lubricants and bio-oils.

He is survived by his wife, Scarlett Hicks, and their two children: Aaron, a Peoria Firefighter, Paramedic, and BSN, and Alexa, who works for the federal government.

Girma was an avid naturalist and loved hiking, bird watching, exploring national parks, and was very active in Boy Scouts of America. He always said that he believed in God, hard work, and himself.

A public visitation will be held from 4 to 6pm on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. Funeral services will be private.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

You may view Girma’s obituary online at www.woolsey-wilton.com



  • Visitation

    Friday, September 18, 2020


  • Funeral Services Private


Dr. Girma Biresaw, Ph.D.

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Monte Mathews

September 19, 2020

Although I’m sad that we had to part.
I know you’re in a better place.
I know you had Jesus in your heart.
Now you see Him face-to-face.

You left your mark on the earth your work and family .
You showed us how to live.
You lead by example and left a legacy
of Faith and Hope and Love.

We’ll get back together, friend, when I’m gone from here.
Meet up in my room with a view.
We will be in paradise, heaven must have beer.
We’ll sit and chat and throw back a few.

I know you know these words we have shared before.
Jesus died and rose again.
Now through faith by grace
we can live forevermore.
So I’ll see you on the other side my friend.

Gary Knothe

September 18, 2020

I will always remember Girma as a decent and hard-working colleague, project collaborator and fellow participant in numerous meetings at work. My sincere condolences to Girma's family and best wishes to all of you in these difficult times.

Gary Knothe

Neil Price

September 17, 2020

Dear Scarlett, Alexa, and Aaron,
I was so sorry to hear of your unexpected loss and Rosa and my condolences go out to you. I was a colleague and friend of Girma's and will greatly miss our hikes together and his wit, humor and especially his enthusiasm. With our best wishes, affection, and friendship, Neil Price and Rosa McDonald.

Debby Neubauer

September 17, 2020

Today, we mourn the loss of our good friend Dr Girma Biresaw. We were deeply saddened to hear of his passing and feel grateful we had a chance to know and work with him. Dr. Biresaw was a strong advocate for sustainability and as a key STLE influencer, he supported and promoted the use of bio tribology. We are grateful for his support and will forever feel gratitude for the legacy he leaves behind. Please join us in remembering our dear friend Dr. Biresaw.

The BT Team

Teresa Tercero

September 14, 2020

Dear Scarlet, Alexa, and Aaron,
Girma was a kind man who loved you guys more than the world. That was always apparent.
Stan and I are so sad for your loss.

Charmaine Lane

September 14, 2020

When he bought his daughter to college that’s where it all started for us. I’ve been part of the family for many years . I love them and miss them so much. But my heart is hurting for the loss of amazing husband, father and most of all my friend. I love you all you

Denise Schweer

September 14, 2020

Our prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. We hope you have comfort in memories of your father!
God Bless
Mark and Denise Schweer/Chestnut Ski Patrol

Kathy Hornback

September 14, 2020

Girma was a gentle soul. He will be missed.

Nick Raupp

September 13, 2020

While his son Aaron worked at Ingersoll Scout Reservation, Girma was a constant presence and beloved volunteer. His legacy of cheerful service will live in the memories and lives of everyone blessed enough to work with him.

Yonas Solomon

September 13, 2020

My heartfelt condolences. my condolences to you and your family on the passing of Girma Biresw. May my prayers ease you through this difficult time . My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

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