Erich G. Bizer
Rev. Erich G. Bizer, 94, a resident of Good Samaritan Home, formerly
of 2212 Brookmeade, died Tuesday afternoon, February 20, 1990 in the
Mr. Bizer was born on August 29,1895 in Sigourney,
Iowa, a son of the Rev. Konrad and Gottlibena Schaefer Bizer. He married
Elsie L. Fruechte on August 29, 1918 in Eiteen, Minnesota. They celebrated
their 70th wedding anniversary in 1988. She died January
4, 1989 at the age of 96 years. Her funeral services was held on Jan.
6, 1889 with burial in the Ministers' Circle.
After graduating in 1914 from Elmhurst College,
Mr. Bizer attended Eden Seminary, graduating in 1917. On June 21, 1917,
he was ordained at New Albin, Iowa, in a ceremony conducted by his father.
His first congregation was at San Antonio, Texas, where he remained
a year. In 1918, the Bizers went to Lake Zurich, and he spent three
years at a church there before being named minister of Salem church
near Lena. In 1931, the Bizers moved to Zion Church in Hubbard, Iowa.
His final full-time pastorate was at St. Peter Church in Frankford starting
in 1943. The Bizers retired in 1962 and moved to Quincy.
While in Quincy, he served as interim and assistant
pastor for several area congregations. Among them were churches in Fort
Madison and Kakoki, Iowa, Salem Evangelical and First Union Congregational
Church in Quincy, Mendon Congregation Church, Bluff Hall, Payson and
Bethany Church at Tioga. He was honored in 1977 for 60 years of meritorious
service by the Illinois Conference, United Church of Christ, at a reception
at Trinity United Church of Christ.
Mr. Bizer was a member of Trinity Church, where he
also supplied as pastor and taught adult Sunday school classes for many
Survivors include three sons, Dr. Raymond Bizer, of
St. Charles, Missouri, Robert Bizer of Quincy and the Rev. Arnold Bizer
of Alhambra; six grandchildren, Dr. John Bizer of Maple Park, Donald
Bizer of Litchfield, Maine, David Bizer of New Braunfels, Texas, Douglas
Bizer of Pittsburgh, Barbara Bizer of Collinsville and Cami Bizer of
Alhambra; two great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and
several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Bizer was also preceded in death by two brothers
and two sisters. Services
were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, February 24, 1990, in Trinity Church
by the Rev. Robert Jacobs and the Rev. William Foose. Services were
handled by the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
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