COLUMBIANA – Services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the McCauley Funeral Home for Richard “Dick” Bieber Sr., 70, who passed away of an acute illness Saturday evening at The Cleveland Clinic Intensive Care Unit of the Interstital Lung Care Center, surrounded by his wife and loving family.
Dick was born July 13, 1943, in Canfield, Ohio (Mahoning County) a son of Raymond Bieber and Elsie Hunter, and was a lifelong member of the community.
He was the owner and operator of Bieber Construction and a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War
You always heard Dick before you could see him whether by his humming “Blue Moon O’er Kentucky” or letting loose an infectious laugh, just because.
Dick had a zest for life and lived each moment to its fullest. A constant mantra was, “It’s all about Family.”
Dick spent his free time with his wife, the former Barbara DeFrances, whom he married March 22, 2004; his five children, Richard (Rachael) Bieber Jr. of Salem, Ohio, Tara (Tom) Feller of Canton, Jennifer (Chris) Tontini of Clearwater, FL, Matthew (Sheena) Rupe of Clearwater, Fla., and T.J. Chase Rupe of Austin, Texas; and 12 grandchildren, Lyndsey, Corey, Cameron, Jordan, Nicolas, Alyssa, Alex, Roman, Mia, Addison, Hanna and Sophia.
He also leaves his brothers, Howard (Sandi) Bieber of Austintown, Ohio and Donald (Cheryl) Bailey of Lake Tahoe, California; sisters Kari Beddard of Florida and Margaret Corll of Columbiana, Ohio; his mother and father-in-law, Rita and Rocco DeFrances of New Middletown; brother and sister-in-law Tony and Eileen DeFrances ; and a very special cousin, Kathy Scarnecchia, for her love and support through Dick’s illness; numerous nieces and nephews.
He loved playing the game, Sudoku.
He looked forward to every day, loved his garden and never worked a day in his life.
Dick was an avid reader and enjoyed playing video Solitaire.
Dick was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Elsie and Harold Bailey, and his father and stepmother, Raymond and Sylvia Bailey.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 5:50 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.