Delwyn L. Biel

  • Born: May 24, 1932
  • Died: July 16, 2020
  • Location: Lost Lake, Wisconsin

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Delwyn Leonard Biel was born on May 24, 1932 at 7 am on Twin Oaks Farm on a Tuesday, as the only son of Leonard and Claire(Haas) Biel, Fall River, WI. He died peacefully on Thursday July 16, 2020 at his home at the age of 88.

He attended the one-room school at Lost Lake and then Randolph Public Schools, graduating in 1950. He married Mary Etta McDowell on October 3, 1953 at St. Mary's Lost Lake. They have always resided in rural Randolph raising their five daughters and one son on their town of Calamus farms where as a lifelong farmer they had a dairy herd, steers, pigs, and more. Del retired from milking cows in 1994. His favorite farm chore was making hay, but he enjoyed all the farm work (including pulling his kids out of the mud when they buried the tractors up to the axles.) He was an avid antique tractor collector and a member of the J.I. Case Collectors Association as well as a coin and stamp collector.

Del was a Town of Calamus supervisor for two years before he went on to serve on the Dodge County Board for 20 years. There he enjoyed his role on various committees, including serving as chairman of Human Services and Health Board for 12 years and as member of the County Board's Executive Committee.

He was instrumental in establishing the Lost Lake-Randolph Historical Society with a contingent of other concerned citizens wanting to preserve St Mary's Catholic Church and history of the local area. He was the president of the historical society for many years. Del loved talking to the visitors about the history of the area farms. He donated the Lost Lake School he once attended to the historical society as an exhibit so that future generations could learn what it was like to attend a one-room school.

But of all the threads that wove together the tapestry of his life, none of them were more important than the love for his family and the time he spent with them. He will be deeply missed by us all.

Del is survived by his sweetheart Mary and children: Barbara Smith (Glenn) Maple Grove, MN; Denise Erickson (Henry Dekker) South Windsor, CT; David Biel (Darci) Twin Oaks Farm, Fall River, WI; Valerie Johnson (RJ) Randolph, WI; a son-in-law Steve Griswold, Beaver Dam, WI.

He is further survived by 14 grandchildren: Dan Harter, John Harter, Joseph Harter all of the Milwaukee, WI area, Brenda Schaefer (Philip) Maple Grove, MN; Sarah Zeidler(Hayden) West Des Moines, Iowa; Mary Erickson Minneapolis, MN; Nicholas Griswold, Beaver Dam, WI; Jeff Griswold (Amber) Beaver Dam, WI; Coby Curkeet (Alyssa) Fall River, WI; Kelsey Curkeet (Preston Posthuma), Columbus, WI; Keeley Crosby (Mark) Madison, WI; Reagan Johnson (Eliah Muller), Rochester, MN; Noah Johnson (Cora Egherman) Rochester, MN -- and 14 great-grandchildren: William Harter; Emma, Evan and Nora Schaefer; Oliver Zeidler; Summer Zuhlke; Meghan, Alex, Teagan and Shiloh Griswold; Carter and Natalie Griswold; Julian Ramczyk and Eila Curkeet. Del is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Jeanne McDowell and Barbara McDowell, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Geraldine Riese and Leone Everett, infant son Robert 1955, daughters Marilyn Harter 2003 and Karen Griswold 2009, and great-grandson Leo Curkeet 2018, in addition to many other family and friends.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Del followed by burial at Annunciation Cemetery (St. Mary's) at Lost Lake, the final resting place of so many loved ones, which sits on the very land donated by his great-grandfather Joseph Biel, Sr. to establish the parish of St. Mary's in 1866. There will be a public celebration of his life next year.

The family would like to thank Drs. Rolf and Sam Poser and their staff, Prairie Ridge Health and the 4th floor nursing staff, Agrace Hospice, Visiting Angels – especially Abbey, and Fr. Garrett at St Jerome's Catholic Church for their help during Del's last illness.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested for Lost Lake-Randolph Historical Society, W11827 Concord Rd, Randolph, WI 53956, or Agrace Hospice, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences to the entire Biel family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Silvia Acevedo - Milwaukee, WI - Family Friend   July 23, 2020


To Valerie and the Biel Family - Sending condolences and prayers for your loss. A beautiful tribute to Delwyn and his life well-lived.

Posted by Kymberley Pekrul - Mount Calvary, WI - Acquaintance   July 23, 2020

My condolences. I worked with Del when he was On the county board. (I worked as a lawyer for the county. ) Del was a top of the line quality human. Let's all try to be like him.

Posted by Steven Bauer - Juneau - Friend   July 21, 2020

Thank you Delwyn for all the work preserving St. Mary's, its legacy and our heritage. Ruhe in Frieden, David Sadoski

Posted by David Sadoski - Anchorage, AK - Friend   July 18, 2020

To the Biel Family: What a beautiful tribute to a life well-lived for a man, well-loved. "Death need not be viewed as a personal tragedy, but rather, a blessed release from all human suffering for our loved ones". I am so sorry for your devastating loss.

Posted by Annette Winter - Juneau, WI   July 18, 2020

Mary, I read that Del passed and I've had you and your family in my prayers. I enjoyed working with both of you but Del was that kind of individual that I totally enjoyed getting to know. I don't know if it was his smile
that grabbed you in or the fact that I could relate to the farmer side of him. I know you will miss him and the
connection between you two was strong and you could see that. My deepest sympathy. Rae Marie

Posted by Rae Marie Dougan - Columbus, WI - Acquaintance   July 18, 2020

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