Jan. 17, 1934 - Dec. 28, 2012
ELKHART — Alfred Leslie Bias, 78, known by friends and colleagues as Al Bias and by students as Mr. Bias, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in his home, with his wife by his side.
He was born Jan. 17, 1934, in Evansville, to Arthur Earl Bias and Musetta Inez (Farmer) Bias of Evansville.
He married Doris D. Jordan on Aug. 26, 1955.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Trent and James; his sister, Thelma Hicks; and half-brother Arthur.
He is survived by his wife, Doris; his three sons, Les (Jenny), Alan (Lucie) and Wayne; and his nine grandchildren, Shanlynn, Elizabeth, Brianna, Katharine, Sydney, Alexander, Savion, Taylor and Trenton. He is also survived by De Bias, the former wife of his late son, James, and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephew and friends.
He graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in education and has a post graduate degree from Indiana University.
He worked in Elkhart as an assistant principal and then principal of Elkhart Central High School. Later he was human resources and personnel director of Elkhart Community Schools.
Mr. Bias was very active in many organizations both locally and statewide, particularly his church, Grace Lutheran Church of Elkhart.
He received multiple awards and achievements over the years, too many to list. Both his humor and perseverance has been the source of many heartfelt stories among his loved ones.
There will be a simple funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Grace Lutheran Church, 831 W. Marion St., Elkhart. There will be no visitation. Pastor Tim Diemer will officiate.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Grace Lutheran Church, which has been so supportive over the years.
Interment will be private.
Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com.
The family of Al Bias would like to thank all those who have supported him and his family over the years. God Bless you.
In the words of Al Bias, beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, principal and community leader, “Don’t be petty, rise above, persevere and strive for excellence in all you do.”