Lexington Resident: Roger Biehl (1958-2017)
Roger James Biehl, 58, of rural Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, February 6th, 2017, at his home.
Roger was born June 22nd, 1958, in Lexington, to James Wesley and Marilyn May (Brown) Biehl. He attended rural District #17, Lexington Junior High, and graduated in 1976 from Lexington High School. Throughout his teen years he could be found working at Biehl Cattle Company after school, on weekends, and every summer. He stayed on the farm following graduation from high school.
He was united in marriage to Becky Waller on ovember 4th, 1978 in Lexington. One daughter was born to this union, Brandy. The marriage ended in divorce. He then married Tracy Damme on October 17th, 1992, welcoming Tracy’s daughter, Amanda into the family. The couple had a son and two more daughters together. The marriage ended in divorce; however, he and Tracy remained very close.
The First Presbyterian church was very important to Roger. He joined the choir when he was in high school. He spoke with pride that he was able to do so while his own grandfather, Wes was also a member. He also sang with his own children in the choir. It meant so much to him to be a part of that together. Roger was also very involved with the Logos Youth Group, chaperoning ski trips, and being a “table parent” on Wednesday nights. He served on the Session off and on for the majority of his adult life, as well as other various committees.
There weren’t very many people that didn’t know him. If you have, had or even visited almost any Lexington business, you had probably met Roger Biehl. He had a way of striking up a conversation and had many friends. He thought highly of the people he did business with and would always do his best to support his local businessmen and women.
Roger was an avid fan of LHS band and athletics, and other fine arts, regularly attending football and basketball games, as well as nearly every marching band performance. He attended every showing of the musical Oklahoma and Annie.
As a dad and papa, he found no greater joy than watching his children perform and seeing his grandchildren grow and change. His life revolved around his kids. He made sure that he regularly told each of them how proud he was and that he loved them. His willingness to express his love will be carried on by all five of his children. He was an amazing father, devoted son, brother, and uncle.
Roger was a 10 year member of the Horseshoe Bend 4-H Club as a youth. Being involved with showing market beef, and the speech and judging programs. As an adult he was involved with the Dawson County Cattlemen and served on the board for a time. He was past president of the rural school board at District #17 when his children were in school. He was also a past member of the area Barbershoppers.
Roger is survived by his children; Brandy (Cody) Popken of Lexington, Nebraska, Amanda Christensen of Lexington, Nebraska, Aleah Biehl and Isaac Biehl of Lexington, Nebraska, and Rachel Biehl of Norfolk, Nebraska; three grandchildren; Kamryn Pike, Giana Christensen, and Kinley Popken all of Lexington. Also surviving are his parents, Jim and Marilyn Biehl of Lexington; sister, Janice (Lynn) Lans of Lexington; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and a host of friends.
Roger was preceded in death by his grandparents, and one nephew, Jason.
Funeral Services will be Friday, February 10th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington with Reverend Polly Deppen-Williams officiating.
Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.
Visitation will be held Thursday, February 9, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington.
Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, Lexington Volunteer Fire Department, or the Donor’s choice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements. To share online condolences with the family, please visit: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.