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Stanley R Biel

Stanley R Biel

Stanley R. Biel, age 88 of Durand, died Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire.

Stan was born December 24, 1934 in Wykoff, Minnesota to Harvey and Mary (Pickett) Biel.  Stan was the oldest of six children. In 1941 his parents moved to a farm near Harmony, Minnesota. Stan attended high school in Harmony Minnesota and loved all sports. After graduating high school in 1953 he served two years in the Army/Air Force as an airplane mechanic. In 1958 Stan married his lifelong family friend, and love of his life, LaVonne Johnson.

In 1962 they moved to the Rochester, MN area and began fulfilling their dream of farming and raising a family. In 1982, Stan had the opportunity to purchase a farm on Columbia Heights near Arkansaw. He loved life on the farm, as it was centered around family, faith and hard work. Stan loved farm life on “The Hill”. In 2005, he retired and moved into Durand.

Stan and LaVonne were longtime members of Faith Lutheran Church. Stan enjoyed trips through the Western U.S., playing pool, checking area crops, kicking tires at used car lots, and spending time with friends in the afternoon.

The greatest joy in his life was the love and pride he had for his family. He dearly loved visits from his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other family and friends.

He was survived by his wife of 65 years LaVonne; three children Laurie (Gordy) Rupkalvis, Greg (Barb) Biel, Mike (Laura) Biel; Grandchildren Lindsay (Scott) Peters, Sara (Doug) Falk, Luke (Hannah) Rupkalvis, Alex Biel, Natalie Biel, Nicole (Mike) O’Brien, Kendra (Beau) Myers; many great grandchildren; sister Marian Beiwel; brother Louis Biel; sister-in-law Donna Biel and many other nieces and nephews all whom he loved very much. Stan was preceded in death by his parents Harvey and Mary Biel; brother Clifford Biel; two sisters Cynthia Moore and Julia Titus.

Memorial Services will be 11:00AM Friday, October 13, 2023 at Faith Lutheran Church in Durand with Rev. Bethany Walker officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Arkansaw. Visitation will be from 10:00AM until the time of services at the church on Friday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Linda Anderson Lager

    Hugs and prayers to Stans family. lusi

  2. char friis (Charlotte Fries)

    It is so hard to understand the class of 1955 losing parts of us.. I haven't seen you since the happy day of our high school graduation and we had our lives to build before us.. You and your husband have done a wonderful job and it is especially nice to see that Christ has been a main focus...I have thought about you many times along the way and with some very happy thoughts and memories.. Lean on your faith.. From Char (I shortened Charlotte to Char when I was at Luther and I took the original Norwegian spelling of my maiden name after -the divorce)fyny

  3. Kathy and Steve Dahl

    Our deepest sympathy to you LaVonne, and your family. Faith and the love of family and friends are the greatest comforts. Thinking of you

  4. Laurie and Tim Klein

    Our deepest condolences to you and the family Laurie. Thinking of you.
    Tim and Laurie

  5. Linda and Larry Edralin

    So sorry for your loss Lavonne. Prayers are with you and yours.

  6. Judy McIntosh

    LaVonne and family - My most sincere sympathy to each of you. Hold tight to all your good memories... it does help to get through the tough times. Blessings and prayers.

  7. Judy Norrish

    LaVonne and family, You're in my thoughts. So sorry for your loss.

  8. Judy Norrish

    LaVonne and family, You're in my thoughts. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Dave and Sherrie Walker

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Sheryl Moldt Sloan

    I am so sorry, LaVonne. Hugs and love from me. Wish we could have known each other’s husband. Will be thinking of you. Sheryl

  11. Kay Longsdorf

    La Vonne and family, sorry to hear of Stan's passing. You have my sympathy. Kay Longsdorf

  12. Nancy Moldt Sugges

    You are in my thoughts, Lavonne,(and your family) as you say so long to Stanley. Until you meet again remember all the days of joy. Feel the hugs from years ago friends.

  13. Dennis Brunner

    My sympathy to Lavonne & family

  14. Susie Ryan

    Hugs and prayers to the family. Stan was a great guy!

  15. John and Judy Parr

    sorry to hear about this take care

  16. Helen Faber

    Uncle Stan was a big man with a big smile, a big laugh, a big sense of humor, a generous nature, and a great big heart. Love him so much!!! Wish I could fly out to be with you, but I’m needed here this week. Sending all of you a great big hug and a heart full of love. May the Lord bless and keep you and bring you comfort and peace.

  17. Joe and Jan Drier

    To the Biel Family, Our Sincere Condolences on your loss! Sending Thoughts and Prayers to you all during this time!

  18. Rachel Biel

    My heart is with all of you! I wish I could be there with you to celebrate Stan's life. He made such a huge impact on so many people and was so much fun to be with. May God keep all of you in his loving care and fill that emptiness with the joy of having had such a wonderful father, husband, uncle, grandfather, brother and friend.... We have been blessed!

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