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BICKEL, Roger McLeod

Passed away on New Year?s morning, 2013, with his beloved wife, Anne Kemper Bickel at his bedside.Born November 20, 1934 in Cincinnati, OH, he was the son of Kathleen Lackey Bickel and Shirley A. Bickel. He attended school in Terrace Park thru mid-eighth grade when the family moved to Lake Worth, FL. After graduation from Lake Worth High in 1952, he attended Florida State University where he graduated in 1956 with a BA in Business. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and graduated from Officer?s Candidate School in Newport, RI, served on a destroyer escort as Communications Officer and at Glynco Naval Air Station, GA as Shore Patrol Officer before leaving to attend the University of Florida Law School.He moved to Indianapolis, IN in 1960 and started his civilian career at Chevrolet Truck and Coach GMC as one of the youngest foremen in GMC. His next career move was to Bemis Bag Corporation as a regional sales representative, then to Truss Manufacturing as general manager. He co-founded Precision Truss Manufacturing Company. In 1984, he acquired and operated Ruthies Uniforms.Roger loved sports, playing football, basketball and baseball and later coaching his children?s little league teams.Roger suffered a major stroke fifteen years ago, but maintained his quick humor and ?life of the party? personality. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.He is survived by Anne, his wife of 48 years, daughter Karen (Michael) Cosgrove and sons Mark, Kemper (Michelle) and Kevin. Additional survivors include six wonderful grandchildren and his brothers Jim Bickel and W. Michael Corey. Calling was held on Saturday, January 5, at Noon followed by a memorial service at 2:00 PM in Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th Street, IN.You may visit http://www.leppertmortuary.com where you may share a memory with the family, sign the guest book, or in lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Augustine?s Home, 2345 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2013
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