John D. “Jay” Bieren


John (Jay) D. Bieren

John D. Bieren, better known to his friends and family as Jay, a lifelong Moscow resident, died Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Sacred Heart Medical Center. He had just turned 70.

Jay was born October 14, 1945 in Moscow to Leo H. and Eleanor Broemeling Bieren. He grew up and attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, where he also served as an altar boy, and graduated from Moscow High School in 1963. Jay went to work at Sanitary Meat Cutters in Moscow where he learned the meat-cutting trade. He then went to work in the meat department at Rosaurer’s and at a young age became the meat manager of Rosaurer’s Pullman Store.  He remained in that position until November of 1970.

In 1970, he and his brother Keith purchased Trammel beer and wine distributorship, renaming it Bieren Distributors.  They owned and operated it until December of 1995, selling the business to Odom Corporation of Seattle. Jay later went to work at the Moscow post office until 2007, retiring on his 62nd birthday.

Jay served in the Idaho National Guard for twelve years, was a member of the Junior Jay-cees, the Knights of Columbus. In his later years, he enjoyed working around the house, in his yard and boating, but nothing came before his dedication to his family. He and his family had just returned from a trip to Disneyland a few days before his death.

He and Janice Calene were married on September 6, 1969 in Troy, ID. She survives at their Moscow home. Also surviving are his children, Jacque and Tom Gerdes of Junction City, OR, Lisa and Erik Geidl of Moscow and Chad and Sarah Bieren of Bellevue, WA. He also leaves his grandchildren, Zach, Mikayla, Brandon, and Estifanos Gerdes, Brendan and Madison Geidl, and John and Michael Bieren, along with a brother, Keith (Marlene) Bieren of Lewiston.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jerry in 2006 and Dean in 2014 and his sister-in-law, Jan the same year.

Viewing will be Thursday, October 22nd at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

A private service will be held and burial will be at the Moscow Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. Mary’s School Foundation, P.O. Box

8485, Moscow, ID 83843.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to


7 Responses to John D. “Jay” Bieren

  1. Debbie Bieren says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you Aunt Jan and your whole family- I know this is a difficult time, but just knowing that Uncle Jay is in a wonderful place now and not suffering anymore can bring some peace to all of you!! Mom, Dad and Uncle Jay are probably all up in heaven remenencing about old times!! Love you- you all are in my thoughts and prayers!!

  2. Susan Zenier says:

    Jay and I worked together at the Moscow Post Office. He could always be counted on to show up and get the job done.
    And, it should be noted without complaints. He also shared some good stories, and I know how special his family was to him. I am sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Susan Zenier

  3. Jeff Cunnington says:

    Jan , Keith and all the Family
    So sorry to hear of Jay’s passing . He was a great Boss and a wonderful person. I enjoyed my time working for him. I know Jay enjoyed his family and enjoyed life. I thought of Jay everyday and prayed he had a great life . Please give your kids and Keith my condolences .
    Jeff Cunnington

  4. Melinda and George Stockton says:

    Jay was our postal carrier for years. He was always cheerful and pleasant to chat with — and always had a biscuit and a pat for our golden retriever. We remember him fondly and are sorry for your loss.

  5. Fred Bieren says:

    Condolences to the Bieren family from the Fred Bieren family( son of Nick Bieren) in Portland, Or. Our prayers are with you all.

  6. Jackie Bolden says:

    Dear Janice and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. I remember him as a kind and gentle soul. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  7. Bernie Rathbun says:

    To all the family , my condolences .
    I have known Jay for years and also worked with his mother Eleanor at J C Penny co. in Moscow .
    Interestingly we had in common 3 brothers , his father Leo belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles in the 40’s
    and 50’s as did my father “Art ” Rathbun . Too they drove nearly identical cars , two tone green 1946 Chevy’s .
    One of Jay’s children and mine were also school mates . One or two of Jay’s brothers were nearly the same age as two of my brothers .
    Jay and I worked at the Moscow Post Office during the same period of time . He was always friendly and spoke
    kind words both at work and elsewhere . His friendly familiar face will be missed as a friend and part of the history of Moscow .
    May he rest in peace and his family be blessed with comfort especially during these very difficult times

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