Richard R. Bierbaum, 66, of St. Libory, died Friday, April 24, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Worms. The Rev. Craig K. Niemeier will officiate. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery with flag presentation at the graveside.
Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.
Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Bierbaum was born on March 17, 1943, at Clay Center, KS, the son of Louis and Clara (Lang) Bierbaum.
Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Joyce; a son, Duane and his wife, Lisa of St. Libory; and two granddaughters, Courtney and Samantha Bierbaum of St. Libory.
He was preceded in death by a son, Daryl and his parents.
He also leaves to cherish his memory, a brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Anita Bierbaum of South Barrington, IL; a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Gene Henderson of Palmer, KS; a sister-in-law and her husband, Nadine and Harold Dahling of Elkader, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Richard was baptized in the Lutheran faith at Clay Center, KS and was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Palmer, KS. He attended St. John’s Parochial School and graduated from Linn High School in Linn, KS in 1961.
In July 1961, he enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in January 1969.
He was united in marriage to Joyce Langrehr at Zion Lutheran Church in Worms on June 14, 1964. The couple lived their entire married life on their farm east of St. Libory. To this union two sons were born, Daryl and Duane.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and served as chairman, trustee, board of Christian education, and other committees. He was a member of Nebraska Farm Bureau, serving as county president and on the board of directors of Howard and Hall counties for numerous years. Mr. Bierbaum served on the Nebraska State Farm Bureau Policy Development committee and also the Nebraska Legislative team for Nebraska State Farm Bureau.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and farming with his son. He was an avid stamp collector, enjoyed woodworking, fishing, training his dogs and going to auctions.
In addition to his son and parents, he was preceded in death by his in-law, Eldor and Lula Langrehr.
Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice.