Fey Ellen Biehl

A Celebration of Life for Fey Ellen Biehl will be Aug. 27, 2016; 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St., Eugene, Ore. Fey passed away July 17, 2016, surrounded by family.

Fey was born in Helena, Jan. 16, 1934, to Floyd and Fern Hicks. Her journey to Oregon began on a cattle ranch in Wolf Creek, Montana. A mix of rural and city life saw her mother teaching elementary school and her father in the cattle business as a brand inspector, buyer and seller in a number of Montana locations, plus St. Paul, Minn. In 1946 the family moved to Lewistown, where Fey began junior high school and met her future husband, Glenn Biehl, in the seventh grade. She also joined her mother at the First Methodist Church and sang in the adult choir. In her four years at Fergus County High School, Fey sang as a soloist, in various ensembles, and choral groups. She also participated in drama, student government and yearbook staff.

After high school graduation in 1952 she attended one year at Colorado Women’s College in Boulder. The following year she received an Associate degree at Western Montana College of Education in Elementary Education.

She married Glenn Biehl on Aug. 27, 1954 and they headed to Missoula, where she taught a year while her husband continued in his junior year of studies at the University of Montana.  On Aug. 31, 1955 Fey gave birth to Beverly.

Upon Glenn’s graduation the Biehl family moved to Dixon, Montana, where he taught for the next three years and Bruce was born on Dec. 20, 1957. Fey and family moved back to Missoula for Glenn to get his graduate degree at University of Montana.

The next venture was the move to Ione, Ore. with an additional family member, Bradley, born June 3, 1960. After three years in Ione, the family moved to eastern Oregon to LaGrande. Fey expanded her singing to include the First Methodist Church, Eastern Oregon College Choir and the Community Choir. The final move was to Eugene, Ore., in 1967.   Fey was deeply involved in choral and soloist music at the First United Methodist Church. Singing in a variety of church programs including weddings, memorial services, Broadway at First and bell choir. She also immersed herself in many other church activities. Fey volunteered in the church office, bible studies, chaired the alter guild, and wedding hostess. She was a charter member of United Methodist Women. In addition she was a teacher’s aide for 25 years in School District 4J at Washington, Silver Lea, Santa Clara and Cal Young.  

Fey was preceded in death by her parents and son Brad. She is survived by her children Bruce and Beverly Biehl;  grandchildren Jason Downing, Hannah Downing, Emerson Biehl, Isabelle Biehl, Tessa Biehl, Joelle Biehl and daughter-in-laws Bettina Biehl and Doreen Williams, and her Montana family: brother and sister-in-law Bill and Margy McLendon and nephews Clay and Mark McLendon. 

In lieu of flowers; contributions can be made in Fey’s name to the First United Methodist memorial fund.

Arrangements are entrusted to West Lawn Memorial Funeral Home. Please access the obituary and you are invited to sign the guestbook at musgroves.com.

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