Austin Bieren of Umatilla Passes Away at 25


Austin Bieren
Austin Bieren
SSgt. Austin Leo Bieren, United States Air Force, died on March 28, 2017 in Syria at the age of 25.

He was born on Jan. 7, 1992 in Pendleton to John Timothy Bieren and Tracy Ann Gibson Finck. He attended and graduated from Umatilla High School in 2010.

He loved to hunt, fish, and hunt some more. He enjoyed anything and everything outdoors, the true definition of a mountain man. He avidly worked out and did everything to stay healthy and active.

He joined the Air Force right out of high school in November, 2010. After basic training, he married Rachel Kennedy and they moved to Minot, N.D. They were there for three years and then moved to Colorado Springs, where Austin worked at Peterson Air Force Base. He was deployed three times. His awards include the Aerial Achievement Medal with one device; Air Force Achievement Medal with two devices; Meritorious Unit Award; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one device; National Defense Service Medal; Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with one device; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal; Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border; Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with one device; Air Force Longevity Service; United States Air Force NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one device; and the Air Force Training Ribbon.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Thomas Keith Bieren, and his grandmother, Susan Gibson.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel Bieren; mother, Tracy Finck; stepfather, Jody Finck; father, J. T. Bieren; stepmother, Amber Bieren; sister, Brianne Bieren, nephew, Jaren Journot; grandparents on both sides; and his aunts, uncles, and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, Rachel will be setting up a memorial fund in Austin’s honor. The funds will be used to make special gifts for his many military friends in remembrance of Austin. The fund is located at any U.S. Bank, “Austin Bieren Memorial Fund”.

A celebration of life service with military honors will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Umatilla High School Gymnasium in Umatilla.

Please sign the online condolence book at

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.