Gretchen Biehle

July 14, 2018

Gretchen Biehle left this world to be with her Heavenly Father on July 9, 2018, after a courageous and long fight with cancer.

Gretchen was born in Scottsbluff on Feb. 28, 1943, to Ralph L. and Mildred O. Johnson of Nebraska. She was married to Arlen L. Biehle on Aug. 5, 1962, in Norfolk.


She is survived by spouse, Arlen; a daughter, Michele Biehle Harbour Adams and spouse Gary Todd Adams of Corpus Christi, Texas; a grandson, Logan H. Harbour of College Station, Texas; a son, Christopher A. Biehle and spouse Esperanza Villarreal Biehle of Austin, Texas; a son Patrick J. Biehle and spouse Shelly Friedeck Biehle; a grandson, Liam A. Biehle and a granddaughter, Avery A. Biehle of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Dwayne L. Johnson and spouse Maria of Suffolk, Va.; as well as several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Gretchen’s parents are deceased.

Gretchen was a life-long Christian who loved the Lord and tried to live as He would have her live her life. She was an accomplished musician and vocalist. She served in musical capacities while accompanying her spouse in the U.S. Air Force in various chapels to include Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico, Clark Air Base, Philippines, and Yokota Air Base, Japan, as well as Christian churches at stateside assignments.

After graduating from Norfolk High School in Norfolk in the spring of 1961, she attended Nebraska Christian College. She earned an associate of arts degree from the University of Maryland. She was employed at various positions while her spouse, Arlen, completed his associate of arts degree at Norfolk Junior College and bachelor of arts degree at Wayne State College in Wayne and a master of art in education degree from Inter America University of Puerto Rico.

Beginning in spring of 1965, Gretchen accompanied Arlen on military assignments to James Connelly Air Force Base at Waco, Texas; Mayther Air Force Base at Sacramento, Calif.; and Castle Air Force Base at Merced, Calif. The family then moved to Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico; McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.; Clark Air Base, Philippines; Eglin Air Force Base in Florida; Yokota Air Base in Japan; and Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

After Arlen’s retirement from the Air Force, Gretchen was a supportive and helpful spouse during Arlen’s second career with First Command Financial Services of Fort Worth, Texas. The Biehle family then moved to Austin, Texas, for ultimate retirement. She was an avid reader, a lover of music and a gardener. Traveling was one of her greatest pleasures as she traveled throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, The Carribean, Latin and North America.

Her grown children were a constant pleasure to her. Logan, Liam and Avery, her grandchildren, delighted her beyond measure.

Interment will be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be given to the American Cancer Society or Ralph Johnson Scholarship Fund, Nebraska Christian College.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, July 18, at 4 p.m. at LifeAustin Chapel, 8901 W .Highway 71, Austin, TX 78735.

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