|Birth: ||Nov. 6, 1917|
|Death: ||Jan. 28, 1984|
The following has been contributed by Lorraine Anderson:
Willis Wilford Biegert was born to Wilson Henry and Lydia Mae Richardson Biegert on November 6, 1917, in Stanton Township near Martland and passed away on January 28, 1984, at Heritage of Geneva at the age of 66 years, two months and 22 days. He was one of four children in the family.
Willis, or "Smokey" as he was better known, grew up and went to school in Shickley. He graduated from the Shickley High School and attended the University of Nebraska for two years. He return to Shickley and began operating a cafe.
He was married to Helen H. Reinsch of Geneva on November 26, 1940, and to them ten children were born. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Chicago, where he worked for the Thomas Edison Company.
In 1943 he was inducted into the Army. His tour of duty was largely served in Germany. Upon being discharged from the service, he returned to Fillmore County, where he was occupied in body and fender work, farming, construction and his work with the United States Post Office.
He retired from postal work after 30 years of service, during which time he was a letter carrier in Geneva and a rural route carrier out of Fairmont.
During his years in Geneva, he served on numerous committees and boards. He was a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church on the Geneva City Council and the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department, was a Charter Member, an organizer and lifetime member of the V.F.W. and was most active in the building of the present V.F.W. Hall. He was past Commander of Post 7102 V.F.W. and a district Commander. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 68.
His activities and enjoyment ranged from fishing and hunting to bowling, baseball and antique cars. He greatly loved music and this interest led him to help initiate "The County Boy's Band" which allowed him to share his love of music and meet new people and form new friendships. Smokey always seemed to have time to help family, friends and his community.
He was preceded in death by his parents: by a son, Douglas Wilson; and a daughter, Colleen Francis; a brother Arthur; and an infant sister.
Helen Henrietta Reinsch Biegert (1917 - 2003)
Douglas Wilson Biegert (1943 - 1946)*
Colleen Francis Biegert (1956 - 1956)*
Saint Josephs Cemetery
Created by: M. Jensen Seggerman
Record added: Oct 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60778948