Clarence W. Bieker passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 at his home in Hoxie, Kansas at the age of 83. He was born on August 27, 1934 in Rural Sheridan County to the late Louis and Ludwina (Munsch) Bieker. He was the third of thirteen children. Clarence grew up in Hoxie, Kansas and attended the Hoxie Schools. He entered the United States Army in 1957. He was stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah where he met and married Virginia J. Butcher on July 16, 1959 in Kearns, Utah. After Clarence was discharged from the Army, they continued to live in Salt Lake City for a short while. Clarence and Virginia moved to Topeka, Kansas where their first daughter Kathy was born, to Hoxie where Michele and Lisa were born, moved to Kearns, Utah where Mike was born, to Oberlin, Kansas, to Colby where David was born, finally moving to Hoxie that became their permanent home. Kevin and Christina were born after the final move to Hoxie. They raised a family of seven children.
Clarence was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He worked at several jobs, but he worked most of the time as a service station attendant and retired from the Hoxie Co-op. When Clarence was not working, he loved to fish and garden, hunt, watch sports, bird watch, listen to country music, watch KU basketball, Fox News, “Wheel of Fortune”, old movies, and nature shows like “Alaska, the Last Frontier”. In his younger years he loved to play basketball. He enjoyed getting his mail every day from various charities that he could provide donations. Clarence always had a pack of Double Mint gum in his pocket and a dish full of candy for his grandchildren. Most of all Clarence was devoted to family and loved and cared for them with all his heart. One great memory the family has is when their dad would make pancakes on Sunday mornings after they had all been to church.
Clarence was a member of the St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church of Hoxie. All his life, Clarence’s faith was important to him. He felt every day it was essential to pray the rosary and for all the souls in purgatory, something he modeled and impressed upon his family.
Clarence is survived by his loving wife, Virginia of the home; sons, Mike Bieker and wife Laurie of Colorado Springs, Colorado, David Bieker and Kevin Bieker of Hoxie, Kansas; daughters, Kathy Riedel of Quinter, Kansas, Lisa Bieker of Hoxie, Kansas, Michele Mason and husband Michael of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Christina Hall and husband Brian of Sublette, Kansas; brothers, Ralph Bieker of Hoxie, Kansas, Eugene Bieker of Oberlin, Kansas, Alex Bieker and wife Willetta of McCook, Nebraska, and Charles Bieker and wife Sue of Salina, Kansas; sisters, Eleanora Douglass of Afton, Oklahoma, Mary Kay Sanders and husband Bill of Hoxie, Kansas, and Elizabeth Ann Stillman of Hoxie, Kansas; twenty-one grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by parents, Louis and Ludwina Bieker; brothers, Tony Bieker and Harold Bieker; and sisters, Viola Bieker, Barbara Lynn Irwin, and Louise Bryant.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, April 6, 2018, 10:30 A.M. at the St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Hoxie, Kansas with interment to follow in the Hoxie City Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 11:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. with family receiving friends from 6:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. with a Vigil at 7:00 P.M., all at the Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home in Hoxie. Memorials are suggested to the Sheridan County Benefit Walk and may be sent in care of Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home, PO Box 987, Hoxie, Kansas 67740. Condolences may be left at mickeyleopoldfuneral.com
It has been said, “Kindness is like a seed that when cultivated will continue to grow”. Clarence was a man who loved his Lord, Jesus Christ, and passed that love on to his family so it would continue to grow and be nurtured in their lives. He tended the hearts and souls of all who knew him and made a life that will continue to grow for eternity.