Gordon D. Bien, 87, of Belleville, IL, born December 9, 1924, in Belleville, IL, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Rosewood Care Center, Swansea, IL.
Gordon retired as a marksman carpenter after 35 years in the field. He also maintained a 65 year loyal membership in Carpenter’s District Council 433.
Mr. Bien proudly and faithfully defended his country during World War II, serving as a corporal in the 4th Division, 14th Marine Regiment; Artillery. During his tour of duty, he saw conflict on Saipan and Iwo Jima. His duties included manning a 105mm howitzer. He served as vice president of Chapter 29, 4th Marine Division Association. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Marine Corps League of Collinsville, IL. Gordon was also a member of the St. Louis Mineral Society, the Belleville Senior Citizens Club, and a lifelong blood donor. He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
He was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Rita O., nee Schmidt, Bien, whom he married on April 16, 1947 at St. Peter’s Cathedral; his parents, Anton and Hazel, nee Hermann, Bien; one brother, Raymond Bien; and one sister, Virginia Bocquet.
Surviving are six children, Suzanne Bien of Forestdale, MA,
Karen (John) Temporiti of St. Louis, MO,
Patricia Bien of Belleville, IL,
JoAnn (Galen) Ford of Cape Girardeau, MO;
Toni (John) Hannon of Columbia, IL,
and Robert Bien of Belleville, IL;
12 grandchildren, Kelli (Derek) Tracey,
Alex (Jessica) Austerman, Kristina Temporiti,
John (Katie) Temporiti, Jr., Elizabeth (John) Cole,
Michael Temporiti, Kurt (Jammie) Campbell,
Holli Campbell, Nikki (Ron) Labbee,
Valerie (David) Page, Jennifer Hannon,
and Alan J. Hannon;
seven great-grandchildren, Jack and Alex Temporiti,
Warner Cole, Kevin Campbell,
Breann, Kalli and Skylar Labbee;
one sister, Laverne Feiling of Belleville, IL;
and four sisters-in-law, Martha Campbell of Swansea, IL,
Pauline (Alvin) Bietsch of Belleville, IL,
Mary Schmidt of Millstadt, IL,
and Minta Schmidt of Belleville, IL.
He will be deeply missed by numerous nieces, nephews, Marine comrades, and many friends who have been a part of his life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SAVE, St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises, Inc., 3001 Save Road, Belleville, IL, 62221. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2012, and from 8:00 to 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. David Darin officiating.
Burial with military honors will be held at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.
My sympathy on the loss of your father, and grandfather.
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Our heartfelt condolences to all of Mr. Bien's loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Toni, John, Val, Jennifer, A.J., Karen and JoAnn, and your families.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Page, Columbia, IL, 62236
With respect to Gordon, who taught me the basics and the finer points of being a skilled craftsman. He also was a very good friend.
Larry Roth, Shiloh, Illinois, 62221
Karen, Our condolences to you in the loss of your Father. You and your family are in our
prayers and thoughts. Love, Valerie and Jim
Valerie and Jim Fors, , Florida,
Dear Karen, Siblings,and Children & family...........
Our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Father,and Grandfather.
May He Rest in Eternal Peace ...
with Love & Special Prayers to You and Yours........
Colleen [Kubitschek]& Jack Nold
Colleen & Jack Nold, Belleville, Illinois, 62221
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR FATHER ,GRANDFATHER AND GREAT GRAND FATHER PAT AND ELMER BACH
ELMER BACH, BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS, 62220
Dear Sue, Karen, Patti, JoAnn, Toni and Bob and families. My deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad, grand dad and great grand dad. He was a proud, honorable and respected man. I will keep all of you in my prayers as you walk the grief pathway. I respected him greatly. Your Cousin, Nancy Wallace
Nancy Wallace, Troy, IL, 62294
Dear Karen and Family,
I am deeply sadden by tour loss. May God's love provide you with peace,comfort and understanding during this time of such great sorrow.
George R. Dittter , Barnhart, Missouri, 63012
Toni, our deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of your father. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Roddy Haynes on behalf of the Midwest Networking Professionals, , ,
Karen and family
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.
Sam Rose, Belleville, IL, 62226