H. Robert Bickerstaff (1938 - 2014)

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H. Robert Bickerstaff, "Chaplain Bob," ascended to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Born Aug. 21, 1938, in Jeanette, he was the son of Harry and Hazel Bickerstaff. He married Sally Sexton on Feb. 2, 1963, in Cochranton.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sally; three children: Jana Bickerstaff of Brookville, Gary (Jody) Bickerstaff of DuBois and their children: Luke, Mark, Andrew; and Magi and Rene' (Jud) James of Manchester, Ga. and their children: Hillary (Justin) Bolin of Columbus, Ga., Harrison and Charlie James of Manchester, Ga.; his sister, Carol Moore; and nieces: Marci (Rene) Malliard of Cochranton and Missy (Steve) Bernarding of Guys Mills; aunts, Doris Rose of Meadville and Betty Kemerer of Dade City, Fla.; brother-in-law, Leroy (Shirley) Sexton; and nieces, Lori (Tony) Sexton of Raleigh, N.C., and Brenda (Ray) Elliot of Meadville.
Bob will be missed by numerous cousins, great-nephews and "adopted daughter", Dana Helmheckel.
Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, council member, and lay speaker. He served the Brookville community as a member and leader of Cub Scouts, Little League Association, Rebecca M. Arthur's Memorial Library Board, Brookville Hospital Ethics Committee, Brookville Borough Council, BASD Scholarship Committee, Brookville Ambulance Board, Ministerial Association and associated Helping Hands Fund, and the Jefferson County Jail through The Praise Time Ministry.
Bob graduated from Cochranton High School and represented the Meadville Community as a Youth Ambassador to Sweden for three months. He graduated from Penn State University with Masters Degrees in Education and Guidance. He taught at Brookville and Clarion-Limestone School Districts, was Guidance Counselor and Adult Education Director at Jeff Tech and Director of Clarion County Vo-Tech. He retired in 1993.
He retired from his service as Chaplain Bob of the I-80 Trucker-Traveler Ministry in August, 2014. He served as a lay speaker in numerous churches in Jefferson, Clarion, and Clearfield counties. His greatest loves were his Lord Jesus and spreading God's word, his beloved family and dear friends and neighbors.
The family is indebted to the doctors and nurses at Brookville and Penn Highlands (DRMC) Hospitals, Hahne Cancer Center, Brookville-New Bethlehem Home Health, Penn Highlands (DRMC) Hospice, and all those who cared for him during his long illness.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6- 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at the McKinney Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Brookville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Brookville, with the Rev. William Saxman and the Rev. Roger Howard officiating.
The family requests memorial donations be given to the I-80 Trucker-Traveler Ministry, Box 23, Brookville; Brookville–New Bethlehem Home Health, Penn Highlands (DRMC) Hospice services, or the Brookville First United Methodist Church.
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McKinney - d'Argy Funeral Home
345 Main St
Brookville, PA 15825
(814) 849-7375
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Published in The Courier Express from Sept. 17 to Sept. 18, 2014
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