Guenther William Bizer

Bayfield resident Guenther William Bizer died after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his home. He was 75.

Mr. Bizer was born March 11, 1937, in New York City. His parents had immigrated to the United States from Germany in the mid-1930s. He served in the Marine Corps for a few years.

Mr. Bizer retired after 28 years as a passenger service supervisor with British Airways at John F. Kennedy International Airport. He continued to attend reunions with old friends from his days with the airline.

He moved to Bayfield in 2004.

An excellent skier and an avid hiker, Mr. Bizer enjoyed contemplating the wonders of nature. On his routine walks around his neighborhood in Bayfield, he always had the time to talk to the neighbors and give a pat to the dogs.

“Guenther was a great man, maybe not in stature, but in compassion and generosity, he was huge,” his friends said. “Guenther was dedicated to his Lord at First Baptist Church in Bayfield. He regularly helped those who were in need, was a source of great encouragement and served almost daily in the construction of a new church building. Guenther was the consummate gentleman.”

Mr. Bizer is survived by numerous cousins in Germany.

A funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Bayfield. Burial will take place at the Pine River Cemetery on County Road 501 in Bayfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the First Baptist Church of Bayfield, P.O. Box 50, Bayfield, CO 81122.