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Devin Bien

Devin Michael Bien, age 22 of Green Bay, formerly of Durand, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.

Devin was born to Rebecca Bien-Jilek and Troy Bauer on June 4, 1996 in Eau Claire. Devin was a remarkable young man. He touched the lives of many and made an everlasting impression to all he encountered.

Devin’s journey was never easy but he always courageously faced each challenge and did so with grace. Since Devin was a baby, he thoroughly enjoyed Disney movies, particularly The Lion King, Aladdin, Toy Story and many more. As he got a little older, he grew to truly enjoy his “Devin time” on the computer perusing his favorite Disney YouTube videos. Devin’s bedroom was colorfully decorated to reflect his love for all things Disney. He will always be known as the boy who loved repetition. Devin has always loved spending time with family. As a young boy, Devin enjoyed John Deere tractor rides from Grandpa Bien. Grandpa Bien indoctrinated Devin into loving the Green Bay Packers, this was yet another special bond they shared. Devin absolutely loved music and singing voices. His aunties would sing and dance for him and swing his arms to his delight! It was always very clear to Devin’s family that he was a gifted and talented young man with boundless creativity.

Devin and his sister, Maddy were very close. He would give her rides on his wheelchair, they would snuggle on the couch to watch movies and they always were near each other. In Devin’s later years, Maddy would give him hand massages, he had a unique way of helping drive which finger got massaged first, second and so on. Devin loved all three of his sisters fiercely and always showed his love in gentle ways, like meaningful eye contact, a smile or a gentle touch of his hand. He enjoyed the comfort and closeness of holding hands with his sisters and with Travis, his Daddy. Devin enjoyed baking in the kitchen with family and staff from Paddington Station. Anyone who engaged with Devin was left in pure awe by his determination and constant courage to try new experiences.

Devin had a special bond with his Momma. He felt her love from the moment they laid eyes on each other. She always believed in him and was his fiercest advocate. This love that they shared was like no other. It has been his Mother’s honor and privilege to love and protect him. Devin’s Momma always saw him as only having amazing possibilities to discover life and to live and love fully.

Devin’s family will be eternally grateful for the love, compassion and support given by Ann and the wonderful staff at Paddington Station, where Devin lived and loved life for the last 17 years. The devoted physicians and nurses that participated in his journey have demonstrated the true meaning of compassionate care and, for that, our hearts will be forever grateful.

Devin is survived by his parents, Rebecca Bien-Jilek and Travis Jilek of Eau Claire and Troy Bauer, Arkansaw. Sisters Madison, Eliana and Olivia all of Eau Claire. Grandparents Ron and Corine Bien of Eau Claire, Pat and Marcia Bauer of Durand and Brad and Sara Jilek of Birchwood. Aunts and Uncles Debbie (Brian) Bechel of Durand, Diane (Ron) Hunter, Laurie (Kirk) Harmon, Steve (Kris) Bien, Shawn (Joe) Schemenauer, all of Eau Claire, Lisa (Paul) Sinz of Stillwater, MN, Tracy (Jerry) Sterry of Pepin, Tammy (Deke) Almsted of Durand and Shawn Bauer of Arkansaw. Many cousins, extended family members, numerous nursing staff and family friends.

He is preceded in death by beloved family friend James Bresina.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Saturday, January 12, 2018 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Durand. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00PM-7:00PM at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at St. James the Greater on Saturday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.

Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.