Dr. Bickley Burns Brodhead

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November 18, 2012

Dr. Bickley Burns Brodhead, 91, of East Second Mountain Road, died at home Sunday.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Jan. 11, 1921, he was a son of the late Charles Daniel and Elizabeth Burns Brodhead.

He was a graduate of Media High School, Haverford College, Temple University and Union Seminary.

As a United Methodist pastor, he served Bensalem UMC, Fritz Memorial UMC, St. Matthew's of Valley Forge UMC and Lansdale UMC. He served as district superintendent to the Anthracite District.

He was a volunteer missioner to the Bahama Islands for 10 years after his retirement. He taught at Moravian College and E. Baptist Seminary.

He was well-known as a trumpet player.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Buell Brodhead; his brother, C. Daniel Brodhead; and a stepson, J. Andrew Wagner.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Tyson Wagner Brodhead; his daughters, Lois Freese, wife of David Freese, and Janet Morley, wife of Shaune Morley; and four grandchildren, Robert, Joshua, Zoe and Samantha Freese. He is also survived by stepchildren, Peter Wagner and Anna Wagner Kleckner, wife of Roger Kleckner; and stepgrandchildren, Allison and Emily Wagner and Emma Kleckner. Also surviving are his sister, Betsy Toohey and her children, Richard Toohey, Daniel Toohey and Elizabeth Toohey.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to a . Family and friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hamilton Funeral Home Inc, Orwigsburg. Join us for a celebration of his life at Welcome United Methodist Church, Landingville, at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment services will be held at Hillside Cemetery Memorial Gardens, Roslyn, at the convenience of the family. Hamilton Funeral Home Inc. has been entrusted with arrangements.

Published in Republican & Herald on Nov. 20, 2012
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