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Rev. David Biddle

November 12, 2013
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for the Rev. David Biddle of Emmetsburg was held Monday, Nov. 11, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Norman Tosten and the Rev. Dale Hodges officiated.

Interment was in Evergreen cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmitsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Rev. David Biddle, son of Grant and Vinnie (Clark) Biddle, was born Sept. 7, 1935 in Lacona. He received his education in country schools in Warren County, IA.

On Sept. 18, 1955 David was united in marriage to Roberta Tubbs in Corydon.

David attended seminary, where he became a credentialed Pastor with the Assembly of God Church. He served in this capacity for 50 years. He served as pastor in Colfax, Webster City, Oxford Junction, Hamburg, Spirit Lake and Emmetsburg, where he was still pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Rev. Biddle traveled with a musical ministry for many years. This ministry, along with radio, nursing home, and prison ministry, were truly his passion. He served the inmates at Anamosa Reformatory for many years.

Along with his ministry, David drove school bus for 39 years, 29 of which were in Emmetsburg. He and Roberta also developed and operated "Green Acres" mobile home park for many years.

Rev. Biddle was a gentle man who was blessed with a gift to share the word of God with individuals from all denominations. He had friends of all faiths and was truly ecumenical when it came to caring for others.

David passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at the Emmetsburg Care Center at the age of 78. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, B.J. Biddle; a sister, Thelma Jeffries; and two brothers, Wilfred and Ivan Biddle.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta of Emmetsburg; his children, Donald and Suzette Biddle of Emmetsburg, Philip and Ann Biddle of Emmetsburg, and James and Christine Biddle of New Ulm, MN; eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren; brothers, Walter Biddle of Berwick and John (Bessie) Biddle of Mount Ayr; as well as many other relatives and friends.

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