James Aloysius Bihn, 69, of Peoria, unexpectedly passed away at home July 18, 2017. Mr. Bihn was born May 27, 1948 in Toledo, Ohio to Lawrence J. and Olive (Busson) Bihn. He graduated from Lake High School in 1966 and served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded a Purple Heart.
In 1972, while Mr. Bihn was employed by the railroad, his legs were amputated in an accident. Doctors predicted he would not survive, let alone sit up again, but he left the hospital to live independently.
He married Glenda “Jean” Bihn June 22, 1975 and proudly served as the stay-at-home father to their two children. Other accomplishments included earning associate degrees from Owens Community College and Glendale Community College, as well as a pilot’s license.
Jean called her husband “the kindest man I ever met.” Family and friends knew him as a loving, generous, humble man. Always eager to share his knowledge and experiences, Mr. Bihn tutored young men as a volunteer through Adobe Mountain School and Ability360 (formerly ABIL).
Mr. Bihn is survived by his wife; his children, Julie and William (Angie): and grandchildren, Christopher and Coralie. Also surviving are brothers, Gerald (Mary Ann), Raymond (Helen), Lawrence, and his twin brother Eugene (Amy) Bihn; sisters, Norma (Richard) Cuprak, Rita Bates, Ann (Warren) Keeler, Carolyn (Ronald) Bosse, and Judith Bihn; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Bihn; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Bihn was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Andrew, Milo (Mary Alice), and Robert Bihn.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. July 28 at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria. The rosary will be 7 p.m. Services will be held 11 a.m. July 29 at Saint James Roman Catholic Parish, 19640 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix. Memorial contributions may be made to Ability360.