Memories and Condolences

Marilynn Wilson, Bloomington, IN

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the wonderful Bias family. I'm sure "Doc Wilson" was waiting for Al at the pearly gates so they could relive those school stories from 1970-74. Al certainly made a difference in this world and anyone who was lucky enough to call him friend, was surely blessed. My love, respect and condolences to all of you.

Brian Willis, Bloomsburg, PA

My deepest condolences to the entire Bias family. He was a great friend to my parents and our family.

Mike Wilson-Werner, Bloomington, IN

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the wonderful Bias family. I'm sure "Doc Wilson" was waiting at the pearly gates for Al so they could revisit all those school stories from 70-74. Al made a real difference and all who were lucky enough to call him friend were certainly blessed.

Missy (Gaume) Butler, Elkhart, IN

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ann Fassett, McVeytown, PA

Condolences to Doris and family. Al will be remembered by our family for his great laugh and friendship. My son, Jason,and daughter, Melanie Stevens grew to add another brother, James Bias to our family. Jason named his son after James. I had James and Wayne in my choirs at North Side and grew to know Al better after that. What a lost, but we are better having met the Bias family.

Ann Fassett, McVeytown, PA

Condolences to Doris and family. Al will be remembered by our family for his great laugh and friendship. My son, Jason,and daughter, Melanie Stevens grew to add another brother, James Bias to our family. Jason named his son after James. I had James and Wayne in my choirs at North Side and grew to know Al better after that. What a lost, but we are better having met the Bias family.

Judy Cates, Glenview, IL

My sympathy goes out to the Bias family. I remember with fondness the years of our sons growing up together on Victoria. God bless you all during this difficult time.

Orlando Johnson, East Chicago, IN

I was a classmate of Al's from kindergarden through twelfth grade at Evansville, Indiana - Lincoln Elementary-High School. We participated in many activities together, including high school band, choir, and football. Al, who was a member of the Lincoln High School graduating class of 1951, will always be remembered for his warm and friendly personality, and jovial laughter. On behalf of the remaining members of that class, I wish to extend to Doris and the family our deepest sympathy in this your time of sorrow. Orlando Johnson, President, "class of 51".

Anette Freeman-Miller, South Bend, IN

I attend ECHS from 1981-1984, I remember Mr.Bias and his smiling face everyday, saying hello to all of the students when ever he saw you in the hall ways. I also remember the day that Trent passed away at the game and how Mr. Bias still took care of what needed to be done and all of the condolences he received from the students. I also had just started taking care of him with the doctor that he was seeing though the company that I work for. I could not believe the news that my mom told be about him passing. I will miss Big AL.. My condolences to the family.

Barb Jones, Phoenix, AZ

The Community has lost a great man, father, husband, a best of all, school administrator. He was always fair and never let you forget that he was there for you any time. I graduated in 1973 and one the best part of Elkhart Central was working in the office with him. I will miss that great smile.

Nyla & Richard Moore, Elkhart, IN

To Doris and Family, What a loss for us and it can't measure up to what you are all going thru. We pray for peace and comfort all of you. Al was so genuine. Nothing phony and always sincere. I loved to watch him laugh! Rest now, Al Bias.

Tim Johnson, Elkhart, IN

Mr bias was my 5th grade softball coach at Madison elementary school in Las Vegas ,his 1st year out of college.ran into him in the drug store in Elkhart more than 40 years later. Small world. God's blessings to his family

Carol Pfeiffer, South Bend, IN

I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Bias' passing. He was loved and will be greatly missed. Blessings on his family as they all deal with his passing.

Janet Arnold, Bonita Springs, FL

We are so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Bias was a wonderful person and will be missed by the entire community. Our prayers are with your family at this time and in the weeks to come. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Arnold

Becky Wiskotoni, Indianapolis, IN

RIP "Gene Gene the Dancing Machine"

Kim Matthews-Chramtchenko, Elkhart, IN

My condolences to the Bias family. I have fond memories of Mr. Bias....I will keep you in my prayers. Take care....

Aaron & Jenny Mortrud, Pickerington, OH

We are sadden to hear of Mr. Bias' passing. The Lord decided to bring home what was certainly a fine man.

Mary (Krazit) Brown, Euless, TX

My deepest sympathies for your loss. Mr. Bias was a role model for the youth of Elkhart Community Schools and will be sadly missed. Our prayers are with the entire family. God Speed Mr. Bias

Mary Conner, Osceola, IN

My sincerest sympathies for your loss. I knew Mr. Bias when I 1st began teaching for Elkhart in 1978. He was a great man and educator. Sincerely, Mary Conner

Heidi Barnes (Snyder), Elkhart, IN

So very sorry to hear about Mr. Bias..What a great man, he was a true role model..I went to church with the Bias family as a child, and enjoyed the entire family! My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. God be with you!

Shirley collins, Elkhart, IN

So sorry to hear about MR.BIAS he was a good man and will be missed he was working at Elkhart Central School when i had exchange students just wanted to say prayers go out to his family GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Greg Leach, Carmel, IN

Sending my prayers and condolences to the Bias family. Mr. Bias was a great man. I really enjoyed growing up in Elkhart with Mr. Bias as my Pricipal and his Family as my neighbors. The Elkhart community benefited greatly from his leadership.

Melissa Reglein, Phoenix, AZ

Mr. Bias was a great man and will be missed greatly. I had the honor of knowing James, Wayne and Al. I send my condolences to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kelly Keck, Marcellus, MI

My deepest condolences to the Bias family. Mr. Bias was a wonderful man and will be remembered fondly by thousands of people who knew and cared for him. I remember him walking the halls of with a smile on his face greeting students by name. Our prayers go out to your family.

Cindy Hoy, Cape Coral, MI

Mr. Bias was a wonderful man and great principle. I spent more time with him than I should have, but he took the time to understand why. He will always hold a special place in my heart; he was so kind and compassionate. May he rest in peace and God be with the family.

Tina Miller, Elkhart, IN

Mr. Bias was an awesome example to the students of Elkhart. We need more like him in our school system. God Bless you and your family.

Mary Harms-Weaver, Mishawaka, IN

My prayers,along with those of my father- Ward Harms - go out to Mrs. Bias and family. I was blessed to have known 2 Bias men. Trent and I were in the same class @ ECHS, and Mr. Bias my principle. Both are "home" together now, and the celebration will be a great one when we all meet again. God Bless.

Mary Toth, Tucson, AZ

Al was a friend to the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce and to me. He supported community efforts and found ways to help others succeed. What a blessed family to have him as a husband, father, grandfather and friend. Mary Toth, Tucson, Arizona

Andrew Dibley, Middlebury, IN

Condolences to the entire Bias family from the Dibley family. We were blessed to know Al and his wonderful family. Your family is in our prayers.

Jason Cates, Michigan City, IN

Sorry to hear about loss of a great man. And he will be missed.

Linda Ewing - Potts, Clinton, NY

I have many fond memories of Mr. Bias. Our deepest sympathies to his family. He will be missed.

Howard and Lisa Hull, Zionsville, IN

I trusted Al with my career (one of the two most valuable things I had at the time) as my mentor. We then trusted Al and Doris with Emily (our most valuable thing in the world to us then and now) and they never disappointed me or Lisa. We are sill so very fond of Al and the Bias Family 35 years later, and you all are still invaluable people to our lives and to the world. I look forward to saying this again in person in heaven to Big Al the Dancin Machine, our friend and mentor and role model in all things good.

Becky Silvernail, New Paris, IN

A sad day in knowing the passing of Mr. Bias yet I am "Thankful" that I was "Blessed" to have known such a mentor and friend! Our everlasting friendship & Christmas cards I treasure and I "Thank You Lord Jesus" for Al's love & laughter and influence in education to go for what YOUR after! ! Forever in my heart ~ Love & Prayers to Doris & family. Becky (Wise) Silvernail Class of "79"

Linda Rothrock Jurus, Goshen, IN

It was a pleasure to know him and serve on several boards with. His insight was invaluable.

Carl Harrison, Yuma, AZ

There many great positive memories of the life of Mr.Al Bias which I greatly keep for ever in my heart and mind. May his family rejoice in his love now and forever and find peace in Gods love.

Jeremy and Deb Bachman, Elkhart, IN

We are sorry to hear of this great loss. What a great man and family! Our deepest symathies to the family during this time.

Dan and Rene Formsma, Sturgis, MI

We are thinking of you and your family at this time of loss. We knew Mr. Bias as an educator and a great leader. His voice boomed, and his laugh was infectious. It with warmth and a smile that we fondly remember him at this time.

Pam Brock, Elkhart, IN

He was a great man who contributed much to the Elkhart community. He has left a lasting legacy-not only with his family but with the thousands of young lives he touched. My condolences to the family.

Sippy Brett, Tucson, AZ

Mr. Bias was an outstanding educator and family man. The Bias family lived near mine growing up and attended the same schools, his sons delivered the Elkhart Truth to our door no matter what the weather. His sons were always polite and treated others with respect as their father had taught them. My condolences to his family.

Jean-Anne Crick, North Fort Myers, FL

I knew the family since I was friends with Al Jr. and Trent. Hy heart goes out to the entire family because a great man is now in Heaven and will be missed on Earth. Mr. Bias was a very thoughtful, loving, and considerate man. I send prayers for the family during their time of mourning.

jacklin beard-green, elkhart, IN

Al was a good man. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family doing this sad moment in time. He is gone but will never be forgotten. The Beard-Green Family

cheryl taylor, elkhart, IN

My deepest sympathy...Ive had the pleasure to work with Big Al, He was very easy going guy with always a smile...You will be missed...

Dwight (Bud) Yoder, Chihuahua Mexico, IN

You have my deepest sympathy, WE know that He will be missed by many. Loved by all who ever meet Him and so many lives he has touched and even changed. I am a better man that I have known and worshiped and served with him. Knowing he is in Gods hands and a better place. We will see him again when our times come. God Bless you all.

Sherry Otterbridge - Norah, Granger, IN

To The Family, You have my deepest sympathy. Mr.Bias was truly a nice human being and a great role model. Take comfort in GOD's unchanging hands. The Otterbridge Family,

Jim and Carolyn Mayes, Navarre, FL

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bias Family. As was so well stated in the obituary we will always remember his smile and good humor.

Marlene Worthington, Elkhart, IN

My sincerest condolences to the Bias family. Mr Bias was the principal at Elkhart Central when I was a student there. He was a wonderful man and I am proud to say I knew him. He truly cared about all of the students. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Randy Parker, Elklhart, IN

My best wishes to the family of Mr. Bias. I've known Wayne since about second grade and will always remember Big Al as one of the nicest people I've ever known. Will always remember his voice in the halls of Central and seeing him on the Hoosier Lottery TV show. The world lost a good man

Mary Gaskill-Scheetz, Mishawaka, IN

My heartfelt condolences go out to your family. He was my principal at ECHS and his son Trent was in my graduating class. Our school hung on strong through the loss of Trent as your family will stay strong through your loss now! Prayers go out to your family during this sad time!

Melody Conard, Katy, TX

My thoughts and prayers are with the Bias Family. May God Bless you this time of need.

Jeff Howard, Lafayette, IN

Al was a great man and left many positive lasting impressions on Elkhart. We were lucky to have his service. I never met Al personally but knew of him through Wayne, his son. The fact that Al, along with Mrs. Bias, had raised such a wonderful family speaks volumes towards his greatness. I am truly sorry and offer my condolences for the Bias family as well as the entire Elkhart community for the loss of a man that can never be duplicated and that was loved by all.

R. A. YOUNG, ELKHART, IN

THE FAMILY OF MR. BIAS HE WILL BE SURELY MISSED BY FAMILY & FRIENDS, I MET MR. BIAS AT ELKHART HIGH SCHOOL, HE WAS A GOOD MAN, TRIED TO KEEP ME OUT ALOT OF TROUBLE IN SCHOOL. I WILL MISS MR. BIAS AND CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY

Ted Mcaleer, Seville, Spain, IN

My sincerest condolences to the entire Bias family. Mr Bias was what made Elkhart Central great...

Mike Sweet, Elkhart, IN

My thoughts and prayes are with the Bias family during this time of sorrow. Mike Sweet

Michele Lucchese, Vandalia, MI

The Entire Lucchese Family sends their heartfelt condolences to the Bias Family during this difficult time - he was a true gentleman and a great leader.

Dick Siler, Mishawaka, IN

My condolence to Al's wife and love ones. May you find peace at this time. He will be missed.

Gene Hollingsworth, Goshen, IN

I thank God for the privilege of having met and known AL Bias. He truly was a gifted man who shared his gifts as an expression of his relationship with his Lord. AL served the community and in his Church in so many ways and did so with grace, compassion and wisdom. When I was his Pastor I not only enjoyed what AL offered in support of my ministry but also just going out to breakfast with him and enjoying his companionship. Thanks be to God that death does not have the last word for those who die with faith.

Jill Szyarto, Elkhart, IN

Al was a truly great man and will be missed terribly. I got to know him in various roles and enjoyed his wisdom and love of people. My fondest memory of Al, was when he was principal of Central and Hawthorne students had to be evacuated and were sent to Central due to a chemical spill at the railroad yards. Al set up the big tv in the auditorium and played the Never Ending Story for the Hawthorne students to keep them calm. It was little things like that that made lasting impressions on everyone. My heart goes out to you.

Ken Oliver, Rockford, IL

Mr. Bias was my principal at Central. Al cared about his students and went out of his way to help people. Thank you Al.