COLUMBUS — Leonard "Shorty" Bialas, 90, of Columbus, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Brookestone Acres in Columbus.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 562 17th Ave., in Columbus. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, with a 7 p.m. vigil, and 8-10 a.m. Wednesday, all at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Columbus.
Leonard was born Dec. 20, 1926, in Nance County to Charles and Mary (Sturek) Bialas. He grew up on the family farm. Shorty owned the Mobile Station in Fullerton for 21 years. On Nov. 21, 1974, he was united in marriage to Alice Mimick at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. They made their home in Columbus where Leonard ran Shorty's Bicycle Shop until retirement. Leonard was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church where he was involved in Perpetual Adoration. He loved fishing, hunting, playing cards and polka music.
Leonard is survived by his sisters Rose Tworek of Omaha and Dorothy Bialas of Columbus; brothers Walter (Beverly) Bialas of Silver Creek, Daniel (Emily) Bialas of Silver Creek, Richard Bialas of Columbus and Johnnie (Maxine) Bialas of Fullerton; sisters-in-law Emily Bialas of Fullerton, Anne Bialas of Fullerton and Rita Bialas of Columbus; stepdaughters Mary Thomason of Lincoln and Donna (Sam) Bradley of Florida; stepsons Thomas (Michele) Mimick of Southampton, Massachusetts, and Larry (Debbie) Mimick of Omaha; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Alice Bialas; parents Charles and Mary Bialas; brothers Edward, Louie, Steve and Lloyd Bialas; and sisters Frances Zelazny and Belbina Zona.
Memorials are suggested to Birthright, St. Anthony’s School or for Masses.
Remembrances can be sent at www.mckownfuneralhome.com.