Bob Biel 1940 - 2017
Robert “Bob” Biel, 77, of Lincoln, passed away July 5, 2017. He was born March 7,1940, to Henry and Catherine Biel of Lincoln. He graduated from Lincoln High in 1958 and enlisted in the US Marine Corp. Upon his discharge from the Marines, Bob went to work for the Lincoln Telephone Company for the next 35 years. He was an active member of the Communications Workers of America 7470, serving on many committees, the executive board, two terms as president, and as a delegate to numerous state and national conventions.
Bob received the Al Bauer Award for outstanding labor leadership twice and in 1999 was inducted into the Nebraska AFL-CIO Labor Leaders Hall of Fame. After retiring, he was president of the Nebraska Alliance for Retired Americans. He was on the Board of Directors for Members Own Credit Union and was adjutant of American Legion Post 355. Bob was a kind and generous man who was a true champion for the causes of the working middle class. He devoted much time and effort trying to protect the rights and improve the lives of working men and women.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn (Walters). Daughters and sons-in-law: Sherry (David) West of Lincoln; Jennifer (Doug) Klaus of Odell; Audrey (Andy) Vering of Manhattan, KS . Eight grandchildren, one sister and her spouse: Margaret (Don) Mitchell of Roca and 12 nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Life will be held at Christ United Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 11th at 11am. Memorials may be given to: The Robert Biel Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o CWA Local 7470, 2448 N Street, Lincoln, NE 68510; The Good Neighbor Community Center, 2617 "Y" Street, Lincoln, NE 68503; or Lancaster County United Way, 238 S. 13th, Lincoln, NE 68503.