James Edward Bieri

March 2, 1948June 2, 2011

Jim Bieri died peacefully at home on Thursday morning, June 2, 2011 in Twin Falls.

He was born in Salmon, Idaho to Ed and Helen Bieri. He grew up with four wonderful sisters - Ann, Marta, Susan, and Betty. After graduating from Highland High School, he moved to Moscow, Idaho where he played football for the University of Idaho. He also attended Idaho State University (ISU) where he earned a degree in Business in 1972. During his time at ISU he met and fell in love with his wife Stefanie. They enjoyed camping in their camper trailer during the summer, working on their home and garden, and were to celebrate their 40th anniversary on October 9th. Following in his father's footsteps, he became a State Farm Agent in 1974, and built many lasting friendships, always treating his clients as friends. He has two daughters, Joanna who is a Math Professor in Redlands, California and Kristin who is a Chiropractor in Glenelg, Australia. He was a loving and supportive father who encouraged his daughters to do great things and reminded them to look for the finer things in life. He loved to spend time outdoors with his family where he taught his “girls” to love camping, fishing, hiking, and watching thunderstorms. He supported his family and community in everything he did. He was everyone's go-to guy . He was a member and past president of the Twin Falls Optimist club and he started the Twin Falls Rural Fire District. In support of is daughters' swimming, he was an official, and president, of Snake River Swimming. He worked tirelessly on the Cover the Pool Committee, and is one of the main reasons that the Twin Falls High School has a swim team. We will always remember Jim's smiling face looking up from his garden, making each day brighter for his family and friends. He was a true rustic drifter. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Susan. He is survived by his sisters, his children Joanna (Ross) Bieri and Kristin Bieri, and his wife Stefanie. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 161 6th Ave. East, Twin Falls with Fr. Andrew Baumgartner officiating. In lieu of flowers and in celebration of Jim's life, donations may be made to the Twin Falls Optimist Club or St. Edwards Soup Kitchen.

Contributions may be given to funeral chapel staff or mailed to Reynolds Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1142, Twin Falls, Idaho 83303.

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  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 8, 2011

James Edward Bieri

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June 30, 2011

Dear Stephanie and Family

I wish I would have known about Jim's passing sooner, Fred and I send you our heartfelt sympathy. We have great memories of the swim meets in Twin Falls and working with Jim. The summer Diane spent living with you and swimming with Joanna brings fond memories. Our thought are with you.
Judy and Fred Hohorst

Lynn Schneidermann

June 22, 2011

Jim was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. He was a man who was always great to work with and surrounded himself with good people. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Julie and Rick Carr

June 9, 2011

Our deepest condolences. Jim was a wonderful person who treated others fairly and with respect and dignity. I so enjoyed the years that I worked for him. He was a great boss.

Mike Winterholler

June 8, 2011

What a great man !
Jim has been my insurance agent and friend for 35 years. We would catch up on family and life whenever I came into the office. I always appreciated his caring about my family and my life and our shared interest in camping and fishing. He always handled our insurance issues with professionalism and treated us with dignity and as a friend. We were blessed to know him..........
Our sincere condolences to the Bieri family........
Mike and Teri Winterholler

Wynne Gensey

June 8, 2011

In 1991 we moved here from Jackson Hole, WY. When we found Jim Bieri we knew he was going to be our choice for all of our insurance needs. He just exuded friendliness and assurance that he would always be there for us. And he always has been. What a terrible loss for his family that he always spoke of when we visited. Jim was a caring, softspoken, wonderful gentleman, and we grieve along with you.

Patti Adam

June 8, 2011

I feel so fortunate to have known Jim as a personal friend, Optimist member and insurance agent. We have shared some wonderful conversations and lots of laughter. He was so incredibly kind and had such a love for his family. Stefanie, Kristin and Joanna, my thoughts are with you during such a sad and difficult time.

Suzanne Gardner

June 8, 2011

Bieri Family,
I can't thank your dad and husband enough for giving me wonderful swim team memories throughout my childhood and teenage years. You all are in my thoughts and prayers! I have been truly blessed to be a part of your wonderful family while growing up. Thank you Jim!!!

Therese Roemer

June 8, 2011

Dear Stefanie, Joanna and Kristin, The Roemer family is saddened by the loss of Jim. We have such fond memories of those good ol'"swimming days". Please know you are all in our prayers.

Dick and Therese Roemer
Keri DeLucia
Kristen Coates

Jon Idso

June 8, 2011

We have so much respect for the person Jim was. He was our insurance agent for many years and over that time we were able to witness his integrity. He had a great sense of honesty, but combined it with humor and fun so it didn't seem stuffy or pompous. We will miss him.

Ed & Kathy Gudgell

June 8, 2011

Jim was not only our insurance agent but a truly good friend and will be missed greatly. Ed and I have known Jim for about 24 years and he was always there for us in our insurance needs and has been there for our sons also. Our thoughts and prayers go out for the family and his staff at State Farm, it won't be the same with Jim gone.