He was a resident of the Lansing area since 1957 before moving to Germantown, WI, 2 years ago. He served Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lansing for 33 years and as pastor emeritus for 25 years. Rev. Bickel had served parishes in Minneapolis and Vancouver, British Columbia, and served the Michigan District on its Board of Mission and as Secretary of the Michigan District.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 66 years, Dorothy; 8 children, David (Christine) Bickel of Holland, MI, Marjorie (Gary) Janetzke of Germantown, WI, Lois (Neil) Mytas of Antigo, WI, Jonathan (Susan) Bickel of Holland, MI, Nathan (Julie) Bickel of Racine, WI, Kathryn (David) Wilde of Carrollton, TX, Timothy (Pamela) Bickel of Waterville, Ohio, Miriam (Keith) Haney of Poplar Grove, IL; 31 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, William (Clara) Schleimer and Walter Neumeyer; sisters-in-law, Helen Bickel and Betty Bickel; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings and their spouses, Victor (Phyllis), Ottomar (Ruth), Adolf (Irene), Elvira Neumeyer, Herman, Kurt, and Lester; grandson Aaron; and great-grandson Johnathan.
Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 7910 W. St. Joe Hwy, Lansing, with Pastor William Wangelin officiating and the Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier giving the message. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday and at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Tuesday from 10-11. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Our Savior Lutheran Church and School.