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In Memory of

Henry Harold Biar

September 8, 1935 - March 12, 2017

Obituary


Rev. Dr. Henry H. Biar, beloved husband, father, and grandpa was called to Heaven on March 12, 2017 at the age of 81. His parents, Henry and Hannah (Symank) Biar, and his brother, Olin Biar, precede him in death. Henry is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley Ann Biar; children, Henry Biar II and wife Kris, Andrew Biar and wife Elizabeth, Karisa Schepmann and husband Daniel, Kathryn Schweninger and husband Ed; brother, Howard Biar; grandchildren, Kayla, Keenan, Shelby, Lauren, Catherine, Pierce, William, Thomas, Caroline, Anna, Ava, Ethan, and Arden. Pastor Biar was born...

Rev. Dr. Henry H. Biar, beloved husband, father, and grandpa was called to Heaven on March 12, 2017 at the age of 81. His parents, Henry and Hannah (Symank) Biar, and his brother, Olin Biar, precede him in death. Henry is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley Ann Biar; children, Henry Biar II and wife Kris, Andrew Biar and wife Elizabeth, Karisa Schepmann and husband Daniel, Kathryn Schweninger and husband Ed; brother, Howard Biar; grandchildren, Kayla, Keenan, Shelby, Lauren, Catherine, Pierce, William, Thomas, Caroline, Anna, Ava, Ethan, and Arden. Pastor Biar was born on September 8th, 1935 and grew up in Thorndale, Texas.

Pastor Biar earned a Sacred Theology degree, a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Concordia Lutheran Seminary, St. Louis. Additionally, he received a M.S. in Guidance and Educational Counseling from SIU.

He graduated from the Seminary in June 1960 and was ordained into the ministry on July 24th. His first call was to a dual parish: St. Paul, Monahans and Zion, Kermit, Texas. In 1961, he joined the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant, Staff Specialist to the Chaplains. He received Unit Commendation and a Good Conduct Medal. He then earned an Advanced Certificate in Pastoral Clinical Education from Anna State Hospital, where he met the love of his life, Shirley. They met in September and were married on April 24, 1965. His next call was to St. John Lutheran Church in Sparta, Illinois where he served for nine years. He was the pastoral advisor to the Sparta police chief, fire chief and mayor's office. He provided pastoral support during the riots of the 1960s.

He was called to Peace Lutheran Church in 1975 and began a vibrant, growing ministry that moved to northeast San Antonio. As part of the re-birth of the congregation, King of Kings Lutheran Church began. Over the next 30 years of pastoral ministry at King of Kings, he served in a variety of leadership positions in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and in the community. He served as District Circuit Counselor, Circuit Youth Advisor and District Youth Facilitator, Lutheran Women's Missionary League Circuit Advisor, and Lone Star Pastoral Advisor for the Lutheran Laymen's League. He also served as a Synodical delegate and on the Texas District Nominations Committee and District Convention Credentials committees. He enjoyed volunteering in the community. He was the chairman of the Inter-Lutheran Pastor's Conference, a member of the Optimist Club, secretary and vice-chairman of the Lutheran Social Services of the South-San Antonio Board, chaplain of the Quarterback Club, and soccer coach and treasurer of NEYSO.

He also enjoyed family vacations to Colorado, fishing, gardening, cooking, singing, visiting family, and was a Bar-B-Q and potato salad master. He loved the Lord and lived each day to its fullest, knowing that it could be his last, and took every opportunity to share Jesus with anyone he could. We are going to miss him tremendously, but give thanks that Henry (dad) lived a life of Paul's words, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Funeral Services will be on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at King of Kings Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at the church. Internment will be on March 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Memorials may be given to King of Kings Lutheran Church, San Antonio, TX or Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Rev. Dr. Henry H. Biar, "to God alone be the glory."