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Obituaries

January 29, 2013

Donald ‘Skip’ Bickel

March 23, 1952-Jan. 26, 2013

EDWARDSBURG, Mich. —  Donald “Skip” Bickel, 60, passed away Saturday while with his family, following a year long battle with cancer.

He was born March 23, 1952, to Max and Margaret (Girten) Bickel.

Skip is survived by his wife, Jane (Weldy) and daughter, Jessica Dallas of St. Augustine, Fla.

Also surviving are sister, Rebecca Bonham, South Bend; brother, John (Connie) Bickel, Syracuse; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Michael, who died at the tender age of 13.

Skip graduated from Goshen High in 1970 and attended Vincennes University. He was a 30-year marketing veteran of the van/truck conversion industry, was instrumental in the successful startup of Advantage Corporation of Goshen, and the restructuring of Kustom Kreations in Alabama. He also owned Biarritz Motor Coach, Goshen, and Cruiser’s Auto/Truck Outfitters, Naples, Fla.

Skip was an avid golfer and member of Four Lakes Country Club. He was known by all as a man of integrity and honesty and enjoyed many very close friends. He was a big brute of a fellow who loved Notre Dame football. Those who knew him best knew about his passion for men’s fashion and penchant for hilarious story-telling and a good laugh.

We all love him and miss him desperately.

There will be a memorial service Saturday at 1 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.

Memorial contributions may be directed to United Cancer Services of Elkhart County Inc. or Cass County Cancer Services.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

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