Tom Biver
May 6, 1933 - January 25, 2016

Thomas Joseph Biver, 82, of Oelwein passed away on Monday January 25, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday January 29, 2016 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with a Knights of Columbus Rosary Service at 3:30 PM and a Vigil service at 7:00PM led by Carol Hamilton.  Funeral Services will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday January 30, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein.

Tom was born May 6, 1933 in Dubuque, IA to parents George and Charlotte (Welu) Biver.  He graduated from Oelwein’s Sacred Heart High School with the class of 1951.  On October 26, 1957 he was united in marriage with Patricia Egan at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairbank.  He was employed as an Electrician with the Chicago Great Western and Chicago Northwestern Railroads until his retirement.

Tom was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in Oelwein.  He enjoyed gardening, fishing, calling BINGO and working Sudoku puzzles.  He also enjoyed being the neighborhood handy-man.

Left to celebrate Tom’s life is his wife Pat; his children: Jane Steva of Postville, Bob (Diane) Biver of Sioux Falls, SD, Linda (Scott) Kirkeberg of Decorah and Joe (Julie) Biver of West Union; his grandchildren: Kristy, Jason, Carol, Greg, Matthew, Jill, Emily, Michael, Christopher and Sarah; his great grandchildren: Leah, Jacob, Tatem, Laken, Roman and Silas; his brother David (Marie) Biver of Springfield, VA; his sisters: Janet Orlowski of Oelwein and Susie (Jim) Aubrey of Waverly; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law Art Orlowski and his son-in-law Bill Steva. 

 

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Sharon - srcousar99@gmail.com on February 5, 2016 at 4:32 AM said:

I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to your family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Here is a list of Scriptures that is sure to bring you comfort in this difficult time: Psalms 55:22; Proverbs 3:5, 6; Isaiah 41:10; 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7; James 4:8; and Revelation 21:4. Be strong. Cherish the memories. May God be with your family always. And please remember to call upon His name found at Psalms 83:18.
Roger Hardman & Kim (Hillman) Hardman on February 2, 2016 at 1:44 PM said:

Roger worked for many years on the Rail Road with Tom. He remembers his as always great to work with. He was fair, honest and a very intelligent trouble shooter. His greatest quality though, was that he was an all around good guy.

Pat, My mom also always spoke highly of You & Tom and the good times you all had when you would get together.
Our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family.
May your faith carry you through these difficult times.
Susan Meier Alshouse on January 30, 2016 at 7:09 AM said:

Tom & Pat were my GODPARENTS and wonderful friends to my parents. Tom was a very caring, funny and just an all around GOOD guy.
He will be truly missed by his family and all his friends.
He was a very special person in my life. Thank you for being such a great friend and neighbor when I was a little girl. You all always treated me so special. Hugs to you all at this difficult time. My prayers are with your family. So sorry I am unable to be there for the funeral.
Love to all,

Susan "Susie" Meier Alshouse
GEORGE WHALEN on January 29, 2016 at 12:34 PM said:

MRS.BIVER AND FAMILY.I HAD THE PLEASURE TO WORK WITH TOM ON THE RAILROAD ALONG WITH SO MANY OTHERS AND KNOW WAHT A GREAT GUY HE WAS TO WORK WITH AND JUST BE AROUND..TOM WILL BE MISSED BY EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM...
Charles & Georgia Hutchison on January 27, 2016 at 9:15 PM said:

Our sincere sympathy to all of you. Memories of playing with the Biver's on 4th Avenue to our last visit with him at Art's funeral. We are still in Az. but will be praying for you.
Jean Galleger on January 27, 2016 at 7:02 PM said:

Sincere sympathy to you, Pat, and your family. Tom was such a great guy and always enjoyed talking with him and you.

Jean
Lyle & Nancy Miller on January 27, 2016 at 9:14 AM said:

Sincere condolences to family. I only knew Tom through the KC's & always got a kick out of that dry sense of humor. He was just a peach of a guy

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