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Rev. Erich G. Bizer

Rev. Erich G. Bizer
   The Rev. Erich G. Bizer, 94, a resident of Good Samaritan Home, formerly of 2212 Brookmeade, died Tuesday afternoon, February 20, 1990 in the home.
     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 years.
   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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