Michael Biro Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 17, 2021. He was born on August 18, 1935, in Barberton, Ohio to Michael Biro, Sr. and Caroline Lena (George) Biro. On September 15, 1956, he married Eloise (Kreischer) Biro in St. Paul’s E & R Church in Harrison Township, Van Wert. She preceded him in death on January 19, 2020. They were married for 63 years.
Mike graduated from Barberton High School and attended Heidelberg College. He spent two years in the U. S. Army. Mike then returned to Heidelberg and graduated in 1960. Later on he would also take additional educational courses at Muskingum College, Wright State-Lake Campus in Celina and Ohio Northern University. Mike began his teaching career at Plainfield Elementary in Coshocton County. He then taught at Crestview South in Wren until it closed. He taught one year at the new Crestview Elementary in fifth grade before retiring in 1993. Mike had taught 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades during his career along with coaching Jr. High basketball and baseball. He coached high school golf for 18 years. Mike was also a school bus driver for many years.
He was a 50 year plus member of the Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio. Mike belonged to the American Legion Post #178 of Van Wert, the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and the Van Wert County Retired Teachers Association. He was elected to the Crestview Educators Hall of Fame in 2015. Mike was also a member of St. Paul’s Reformed Church in America.
Mike and Eloise are the parents of Patricia (Bruce) Taylor, Michael L. (Laura) Biro and Angela (Jeff) Harmon, deceased. They have eight grandchildren-Craig Taylor, Zachary Taylor, Caci Murphy, Michael C. (Karli) Biro, Derek (Lyvi Black) Biro, Joshua (Cassandra) Harmon, Alison (Tony) Springer and Jacob Harmon. There are six great-grandchildren: Lela Murphy, Cooper and Barrett Harmon, Cal and Gia Springer, Zayn Taylor. Also surviving is a sister-in-law ,Donna (Bud) Githens, several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, his aunt, Rosemary George and several cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-law Leroy and Sarah (Peg) Kreischer, his sister-in-laws Nancy (Allen) Etzler and Mildred (Jim) Baxter, his daughter Angela Harmon and granddaughter Beth Taylor.
Calling hours 2-8 p.m. on Friday, July 23 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m, Saturday, July 24 at St. Paul’s Reformed Church in America, Harrison Township with Pastor Jody Harr officiating. Interment with follow at Evangelical Protestant Cemetery.
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