Jay County Obituaries
Newspaper clipping Estimated date 1894
Another Pioneer Gone
Adam Bickel was born in Center county, Pa., Feb. 22, 1807, and departed this life at his home in Pike township, Friday, Jan. 5th, 1894; aged 86 years, 10 months and 17 days. He was united in marriage to Mary Jones, Jan. 26,1830 (sic), and to this union were born three sons and six daughters, four of whom have preceded him to the spirt (sic) World. He bore his suffering with christian patience and often called upon the Lord to take him home.
He always had a good word for every body and would ask the Lord to bless his children and to every one who would speak to him, he would reach out his hand and say, "Lord bless you." He retained the right use of his mind until the very lest (sic), and just before the spirit took its departure he spoke out loud and distinctly said. "Good bye to all." He was not connected with any earthly church, yet we feel confident that he was fully resigned to the will of the Lord and was glad to depart and be at peace, as was Simeon of old.
Father Bickel had been blind for the past nine years, yet he never complained. Thanks be to Him that doeth all things well. We believe to-day, that he has two good eyes to behold the beauty and the glory of the redeemed in Heaven. His wife preceded him only a few days and is also at rest. He leaves five children and many relatives and a host of friends to mourn his departure.
The funeral services were attended by a large concourse of people, was conducted by Rev. Walter Ervin, at Antioch M.E. church, Sunday a.m., Jan. 7th. Interment in the cemetery, near the church.
Card of thanks
To all who so kindly rendered assistance during the sickness and at the funeral of our dear father and mother who have been called away, we desire to express our grateful thanks. May the Lord reward you abundantly for your christian sympathy. Children.
Submitted by: Mary Lou Hudson