Jonathan Christian Biegel 3/24/1992 — 5/1/2020


Jonathan Christian Biegel 3/24/1992 — 5/1/2020


Jon Biegel
Jon Biegel

Jonathan Christian Biegel came into this world fighting for his life. Declared Code Blue moments after his birth on March 24, 1992, in Portland, Oregon, Jon’s first six weeks would reflect his next 28 years: Jon, the fighter. Despite battling health issues all of his life and cheating death on numerous occasions, Jon went to be with the Lord on May 1, 2020.

After battling to get through his earliest days, Jon was determined to keep up with his older brother and sister. Never one to slow down or use his health as an excuse, Jon was an active, energetic and friendly youth. When his family moved back to Montana in the early ’90s, Jon dove head first into all this great state has to offer. Baseball, football, gymnastics, hunting with his dad and brother, and spending time on his aunt and uncle Murray’s ranch at the base of the Pryor Mountains were some of his favorite pastimes. Jon also had a love for dirt bikes, never caring about coming in first for competitions, but always enjoying the ride.

More than anything, though, Jon loved being with his family. Tender, kind and thoughtful, Jon was the type of person who could make you laugh with one simple dry remark, never cracking a smile. Yet if you were in need or hurting, there was no one better to have at your side to carry you through.

When Jon graduated from West High and moved on to college at MSUB (transferring to MSU – Bozeman after two years), he wasn’t done proving that he could achieve things no one would have ever thought possible. Jon graduated with a degree in Finance & Economics, eventually returning to get an associate’s degree in accounting. The pride of his collegiate years, however, was landing a prestigious internship for the Durst Organization in New York City — a badge of honor for a boy from Montana, a place the company had never considered before.

Jon was a natural in New York. Shy and quiet, Jon wasn’t the boisterous type, loudly making his presence known. Instead, he traveled the city, learning the ropes, and by his first or second week, Jon knew his way around as if he’d lived there his whole life. Tourists would stop him and ask directions, assuming he was a local.

Despite loving the Big Apple, when Jon returned home to Montana after his internship, he knew this was where he wanted to be. Jon joined the family business as an accountant for Precision Plumbing, often a bright spot for his coworkers when he’d visit their office with a funny video or a movie recommendation. Jon had plans for his life, but his health — which had put him in the hospital near death numerous times before — continued to wane.

Jonathan, a firm believer in Jesus who often journaled about God’s truth and place in his life, is with Jesus now. Selfishly, those who are left behind wish that Jon was still with us, still brightening our day with his infectious laugh or strengthening us with a kind word and a hand on your shoulder.

Jon is survived by his mom and dad, Dave and Teri Biegel; his big brother, Daniel Biegel; his sister, and brother-in-law Anna and Clint Gramza; his grandparents, Stan and Ginger Simmons; and aunts, uncles and cousins on both sides.

We will celebrate Jon’s life at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Faith Chapel in the main worship center, a space large enough to follow social distancing protocols. Lunch will served at a reception on the premises after the memorial.

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  1. Tere Rodriguez

    Stan and Ginger, Dan and I are so sorry for your loss, and will keep you in our prayers, Dan and Tere Rodriguez

  2. Biegel Family,
    We are extremely sad to here of Jon’s passing! We know he has a very special place in all of your hearts. Know that we are praying for all of you! ♥ The Frank Family

  3. Dave and Teri and family,
    So sorry to hear about Jon’s passing. As part of a family that experienced my parents loss of a son and my loss of my brother I know how extremely difficult this time is for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.
    Roger H.

  4. Teri, Dave, Stan, Ginger and family….. So sorry for your loss! I recall the day that you, Pastor Stan, requested all of our prayers for your newborn grandson. What a wonderful young man he became! You all will remain in my prayers. May God comfort each of you.

  5. Sharongae Smith

    Dear Teri and Dave, Anna and Daniel, Stan and Ginger, I’m so terribly sorry to hear of Jonathan’s going to Heaven, so early in his life. I remember him as a little boy and reading his obituary, he was a very accomplished young man. Please know I’m praying for all of you. Lovingly in Jesus, Sharongae Smith

  6. David and Julie Schopp

    Dear Teri, Dave and family: We are so saddened to hear of your loss. May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you all.

  7. To the Biegel parents,

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Although I didn’t know Jon well, I did graduate high school with him and remember him as being such a wonderfully happy and outgoing person. I actually lived in upstate New York when he was in the city for his internship – we tried to connect but the timing never worked out. Two Montana kids in New York – we thought it was necessary to grab a beer! You should be so proud that you raised such a kind person.



  8. I graduated with Jon and hung out with him lots of times. I will always remember Jon as a very great person. The family can live on knowing that they raised a very special person. Glad to have known Jon. My prayers are with the Biegel family and friends.

  9. Peter Scott Rogers

    Teri and Dave our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss. We were fortunate to have met Jon and appreciate his humor and strength. Scott & Sonia

  10. Teri, Dave, and family,
    I just wanted to express to you my sadness at the loss of Jon. I hope that it is a great comfort to know that his suffering is now over and he is safe in the arms of Jesus.

  11. The Biegel Family-
    I cannot begin to understand the heartbreak you feel. Know that you are on my heart and mind as you forge a new path forward. Our faith will bring us comfort and hope for the times ahead.

  12. Dear Biegel family,
    A colleague noticed the obituary in the Billings paper and passed it on. I was shocked to read the news about Jon. I am the one who organized and led the MSU New York trip and facilitated Jon’s internship at the Durst Organization. The feedback I got from the Durst internship coordinator was that Jon did a top-notch job for them.

    From my own experience, Jon was an excellent student and incredible person. I’m sure you do not need me to tell you this, but you raised a fine son of whom you should be most proud. While Jon is in a better place, it is difficult for those of us who knew him to let go. He will live on in our memories!

    Please accept my deepest condolences.


  13. Dear Biegel Family,

    I got to know Jon through a couple of classes he took from me in Jabs Hall at MSU in Bozeman and particularly during the finance trip to NYC. Although generally very quiet, when Jon said something it was either a great question in class or a very funny comment. Jon was a very good student and went on to represent MSU very well as a professional. You raised a great son. Jon’s MSU family is very proud of him. I am very sorry for your loss.

    Frank Kerins

  14. Steve and Janie Erickson

    Dear Biegel family, Stan and Ginger, We also were saddened to hear of Jonathan’s passing and your loss. He is such an awesome young man. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Your friends, Steve & Janie

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