Feb. 19, 1930 - May 21, 2013
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CONSTANTINE - Gordon Lamar Bickel, Sr., age 83, of Constantine, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at his home. He was born in Three Rivers, MI on February 19, 1930, the son of Ray and Ailene (Hitchcox) Bickel. Gordon graduated from Constantine High School in 1948 and earned an Agriculture Degree from Michigan State University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 until 1956. On June 3, 1981 he married Connie (Hartman) Lunger at the Constantine United Methodist Church. Gordon was a lifelong dairy farmer on the family farm. He served as a Porter Twp. Clerk and later as Cass Co. Commissioner. Gordon was active in 4H with show cows and was a Junior 4H state leader as well as Junior Farm Bureau Leader. He was a lifetime member of Cass County Conservation Club and the Michigan Bow Hunters. Gordon was a member of the S.A.R in Battle Creek, the Constantine American Legion and the Three Rivers Eagles. Surviving are his wife, Connie Bickel of Constantine; sons, Gordon L. (Brenda) Bickel, Jr. of Jones, Steven (Laurie) Lunger of Quincy, & Gregg Bickel of Vandalia; daughters, Dian (Daniel) Warren of White Pigeon & Gayl (Jack Haines) Price of Moorehaven, FL; 9 grandchildren & 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant grandson Brian B. Bickel and great-grandson Gabriel Warren. Relatives and friends will be received Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Eley Funeral Home. Religious Services will be held at Constantine United Methodist Church Saturday at 11:00 AM with Reverend Scott Manning officiating. Interment will be at Shavehead Cemetery in Porter Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to the Constantine United Methodist Church Roof Project or Cass County Conservation Club. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on May 24, 2013