Harlan (Deane) Bickel, born July 29, 1942, in Milton, Iowa, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017, in Macomb, Illinois, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
He was the son of Rosemary and Ormal Bickel, both preceded him in death. Dean married Judith Brewer in Pine Castle, Florida, on September 20, 1963. She survives.
Dean started Dean's Custom Auto Trim in March of 1965. He loved his work and serving all the people in the surrounding area. The business is now run by Rick Hamelton, a long-time employee. He was a Navy veteran and a skydiver, and had made about five thousand parachute jumps. He was a private pilot for many years. Dean loved farming, raising cattle, and being outdoors. He loved to dance and enjoyed going to the Southside Boat Club to hear the music and dance.
Dean is survived by his brother Leroy (Sandra) Bickel of Burlington, Iowa; his brother Keith Bickel of Marshalltown, Iowa; his sister Rachel (Don) Krouse of Altamont, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service with military rites will be held at 10 AM on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Keokuk National Cemetery in Keokuk. A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 30, from 3 to 7 PM, with family meeting friends from 5 to 7 PM at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers at 917 Blondeau Street.
Memorials may be directed to Harbor Light Hospice at 1865 North Henderson, Ste 10, Galesburg, Illinois 61401, or either of the Keokuk Animal Shelters.
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