William George Biehl, 84, of Logansport passed away on August 2, 2022.
Bill, the oldest child of George and Josephine (Aschenbrenner) Biehl, was born on March 28,1938, in Reading, PA. Bill was 6’4” and played basketball for Muhlenberg Township High School, where he graduated in 1955.
He attended Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA where he met Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Newbold in 1958. Their first date consisted of a tennis game and burnt pizza. A year later, Bill graduated with a degree in Chemistry.
After college he began his career in the Portland cement industry with Lehigh Cement. While beginning his career, he was drafted into the US Army and was stationed at the Army Chemical Center near Baltimore, MD. While in service he married Betty in 1962 and this past June was their 60th anniversary.
Returning from the Army, Bill worked in several locations for Lehigh including Allentown, PA, Woodsboro, MD, and Mason City, IA. During these years Bill and Betty welcomed Barbara (Carl Schafer), Beverly (deceased), and Brian.
In 1973, Bill joined Louisville Cement and moved to Logansport as Plant Engineer. In 1977, he left for Kaiser Cement in San Antonio, TX. The stay in Texas was short, as nine months later, Louisville Cement offered Bill the Plant Manager’s position in Logansport. These were the happiest years of his career, and he greatly respected all those he worked with at the plant.
Bill was active in the community. He was president of the board for Woodlawn Center, United Way, Red Cross, and The Cass County Community Foundation. He was also a United Way Campaign chairman and on the board of the Performing Arts Council of Logansport. He was a member of Rotary and his family enjoyed hosting three foreign exchange students.
Bill always was a supporter of his children. He would ride the school bus with the Logansport High School speech team that Barbara was a member and act as a judge when needed. While in Texas, Brian learned to play soccer. Upon returning to Logansport and seeing very few opportunities to play soccer, Bill and several other fathers helped organize the first games in the area for the kids. This group advocated for adding soccer as a team sport at Logansport High School. Bill moved from organizer to coach and eventually referee.
Bill’s favorite holiday was Thanksgiving and having a table surrounded by family which grew to include his grandchildren, Roman, Kristie, George, and Hannah. He always enjoyed spending time and teasing his sister Linda Marie Snyder (Kenny) and nieces, Jackie Jackson and Julie Snyder (deceased) as well as great-niece Annie.
Bill retired in the early 1990’s and continued to call Logansport home. He enjoyed watching football and the Indianapolis 500. Bill and Betty often could be found playing golf, bridge or dining out with a group of great friends. They loved to travel and eventually visited 7 continents and 85 countries.
The family will be greeting friends and colleagues from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 11th followed by a Quaker Meeting Memorial Service at Kroeger Funeral Home in Logansport. Bill will be buried at Middletown Friends Cemetery in Langhorne, PA at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Cass County Community Foundation, General Fund, PO Box 441, Logansport, IN 46947.