| Overall UK Wins: 2 | Overall UK Losses: 0 | Win % 100 |
Date of Birth: July 8, 1912
Date of Death: December 22, 1989
Hometown: Chicago, IL
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|2/15/1957||Kentucky at Loyola (Chicago)||W||115 - 65||24||18||33||41||0||2||-||Paul Biebel and Don Henderson|
|2/13/1960||Notre Dame at Kentucky||W||68 - 65||15||23||31||18||1||1||-||George Conley and Paul Biebel|
Obituary - Chicago Tribune (December 23, 1989)
Paul Biebel - Was Big 10 Referee
Paul Biebel Sr., 77, a retired letter carrier and basketball official, refereed Big 10 basketball games for 15 years and local ones for 35 years. His son, Paul Jr., was the Cook County public defender from 1986 to 1988.
Mass for Mr. Biebel, a resident of the North Center neighborhood, will be said at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 4640 N. Ashland Ave. He died Friday, apparently of a heart attack while riding in a car with his daughter.
"He was a very gregarious and really beloved man," his son, Paul, said.
"He loved being a mailman because it allowed him to be outside, meet people and keep in shape. He continued his career as a basketball referee until he was 58 because he was in really good condition. He called George Halas in the mornings to wake him up and was a contemporary and friend of basketball coaches Ray Meyer and George Ireland. You would go to a sports dinner with him and everyone would seek him out, mainly because he helped so many of them get started."
Mr. Biebel, a native of Chicago, attended De Paul Academy, where he starred in several sports. In 1929, he played halfback for the school in the city championship football game at Soldier Field.
Working from the 1930s until 1975 as a letter carrier in the Uptown area, he had the Edgewater Beach apartments on his route.
Among the noted local games he refereed was the city championship game in 1954 between Du Sable and St. Mel High Schools. He also worked many college games at the Chicago Stadium, including ones involving De Paul, Loyola and Notre Dame Universities.
Three of his sons are police officers, one is an assistant Illinois attorney general, and his daughter, Rosemary, is the wife of 47th Ward Ald. Eugene Schulter.
Survivors, besides his son and daughter, include five other sons, Thomas, James, John, Robert and Martin; two other daughters, Ellen Guth and Theresa;and 15 grandchildren.