Anthony Bias, 64, Wells

Published 8:09 am Sunday, November 17, 2013

Anthony F. “Tony” Bias, 64, died accidentally while clearing trees on his land Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells. Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, with a 5 p.m. prayer service. The Rev. Thomas Niehaus will officiate and burial will be in St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is in charge of arrangements. Please see to leave online condolences.

Anthony Bias

Anthony Bias

Tony Bias was born June 10, 1949, at the Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea, the oldest son of Clement and Marcelline (Sipple) Bias. He attended grade school at St. Casimir and High School in Wells, graduating in 1967. Tony was united in marriage to Patricia Manwarren on April 8, 1978. The couple had five children. Tony helped his dad and uncles on the farm as a young boy and continued farming his whole life. Tony drove a semitrailer for Ray Koziolek after High School. He then worked at FM Stamper in Wells for a number of years. He worked as the head mechanic of the field equipment at Del Monte/Stokely in Wells for over 25 years. Later, Tony worked at Dulas Excavating as a mechanic for five years. Tony took great pride in farming and selling sweet corn. He was known to his customers as the Sweet Corn Man. Most recently, he sold sweet corn in Albert Lea and in Wells, at the farmers markets. Tony was a very hard-working man, was always there to lend a helping hand, and a very active member of St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells.

Tony is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pat Bias, son Richard Bias, both of Wells; three daughters: Ruth (husband David) Lewis of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Laura (husband Kevin) Whalen of Spanaway, Wash., and Sara Bias of Morgantown, W.Va.; six grandchildren: Makaela and Kyler Whalen; Claire, Aaron, Abigail and Zachary Lewis.

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He is also survived by his siblings: Theresa (Bud) Jarvis of Alden, Patricia (Floyd) Otdoerfer of Coralville, Iowa, Virginia Bias (Gene Rudebusch) of Alden, John Bias and Aloysius Bias, both of Wells; Bernard (Becky) Bias of Alden; step-mother: Darlene Bias of Alden; as well as three brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews and their families.

Tony was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and infant son Mark.