Dixon Bieri

Dixon Loiland Bieri MD

Friday, October 17th, 1930 - Sunday, November 29th, 2020
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Dr. Dixon Loiland Bieri, 90, of Benton Harbor, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, November 29, 2020. He was the son of Ernest and Birdie (Loiland) Bieri. He grew up in Stanley, North Dakota, where in high school; he met his future wife Lois Aileen Stenehjem. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Dakota and was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha.

Dixon and Lois married and they moved to Nashville, TN in 1954 where he obtained his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. They moved to Ann Arbor for his medical internship and he completed residencies in Family Practice and Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. In 1961, they moved to Benton Harbor where Dr. Bieri established the first practice of Anesthesiology in the twin cities. He served as Chief of Staff at Mercy Hospital and Anesthesiology Associates grew to a four physician practice. Lois died just before he retired from private practice in 1993. He volunteered for Hospice at Home for 20 years. He married Dale Shrimplin Grimm in 1994.

Dr. Bieri was known professionally for his skill as an anesthesiologist and was appreciated for his compassionate care. His family, friends and colleagues valued his insight, generosity in solving all manner of problems, his excellent listening skills and his consistent down-to-earth kindness. He was good at telling jokes and had humor down to a fine science.

Dixon loved golf. He has been a member of the Point O Woods golf and Country Club since 1962. He was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, Reader and weekly adorer in the Sacred Heart Chapel. He loved spending time with family and friends and was an avid reader, debater of current events and bird watcher.

Dixon is survived by his wife Dale; Children, Elizabeth (Micheal) High of Tucson, AZ, Joseph Bieri of Vicksburg, MI, Jeffrey Bieri (Christine) of St. Joseph, MI and step-children Autumn Reinking of St. Joseph, MI and Robert Grimm of Aurora, IL; grandchildren Alexandria Bieri, Kevin High, Rachel High, Philip Bieri, Claire Reinking and John Dixon Bieri; great-granddaughter, Abigail Jo; sister, Jeanine (Robert) Peabody; and nephew Trent (Amy) Peabody.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 1:00 P.M., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Church St. Burial will take place at North Shore Memory Gardens. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, with a visitation from 11:30-12:30 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be made to Evan Scholars Foundation. Those wishing to leave and online condolence may do so at

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 1:00pm
    St. Joseph Catholic Church - St. Joseph
    211 Church St.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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    Memorial contributions may be made to Evan Scholars Foundation.
  • Interment

    North Shore Memory Gardens
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
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Diana Seaman

Posted at 03:28pm
Dale, my prayers are with you in the loss of Dixon. Drew and I enjoyed seeing you at the Point and Dixon always had a big smile on his face and something funny to say. I know this will be a very difficult time for you and I'm here if you ever need someone to talk to. Take care of yourself and remember all of the wonderful times you had with Dixon in your life together. Sincererly,
Diana Seaman

Jenny Vandewarker

Posted at 04:35pm
1979 to 1983 I had the privilege of workin g on 2 South surgery unit. All the Anesthologist made rounds on their pre-op Patients. Dr. Bieri was one of the most loved Doctors. He had a smile that would light up the unit. Always had a positive attitude, His Patients loved him too. God’s Blessing to your Family.
Will never forget this Guy, made our work easy. Hope he has a good golf game in HeavenπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™β€οΈ

Cathy Mavis

Posted at 12:57am
Dear Dale, Beth and family,

I want to extend my sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Bieri. I always loved his smile and warm sense of humor. May you be lifted up by the prayers of many.

God Bless,
Cathy Dudding Mavis

Carol McLarty

Posted at 08:09pm
My prayers are with all who knew and loved Dixon. I so enjoyed working with him and the other Anesthesiologists as an Anesthesiologists' Assistant. He was so assuring and had a wonderful sense of humor-"The Cross-eyed Bear"-he'll know what I mean....Carol McLarty

Rebecca Sanford

Posted at 12:52pm
I'm very saddened for the loss of Dr.Bieri, as a friend of Dale, my condolences to you and the family. I know how much you loved and cared for Dixon, having heard over the years of your compassion and love for your sweet husband. He is being held by angels. Hugs, Rebecca

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