Jay County Obituaries
Newspaper Clipping dated Thursday, February 3, 1927
Another one has answered the final roll call and how true it is, "We are going down the valley one by one." This time it was Plenna Bickel, the son of Adam and Mary "Polly" (Jones) Bickel. He was born March 6th, 1839, in Preble Co., Ohio, and departed this life, January 30, 1927, at the age of 87 years, 10 months and 24 days. He was one of a family of nine children, six sisters and two brothers. Of this number, all but one have preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by the father, mother and his wife who died July 2, 1919.
He was united in marriage to Nancy (Harkins) Winegardner about 1870 (the exact date having been misplaced.) To this union there were born two daughters and two sons, who survive and mourn his departure. The daughters and sons are Seymour Bickel of Millersburg, Ind.; Pavey Bickel; Clara, wife of George Maxwell, and Daisy, wife of Daniel Knoll, the three latter of Jay County; two step-children, Mrs. Luther Ashley and John Winegardner south of Portland, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, one brother, Nathan Bickel, of Portland, his comrades of the Civil War, his many other neighbors, friends and relatives.
He came to Indiana with his parents when he was a little lad. He was a veteran of the Civil war, 1861 to 1865, having enlisted with Co. I, 26th Regiment of Indiana Infantry, Dec. 23, 1863, serving under Capt. Wheatty until Jan. 15, 1866, when he received his honorable discharge at Vicksburg, Miss. On March 28, 1881, he began to keep a record of the death of his neighbors, friends, the presidents, beginning with the death of Daniel Smith and the last one that was recorded by his own hand was that of R.D. Hutchens. And one was surprised to find that he had thus from time to time recorded the date of the demise of between four and five hundred people. Thus comes to a close the life of one of Jay County's well known and highly respected citizens. He was a good neighbor, a patriotic, liberty loving citizen, a loving husband, devoted father and an honorable man. He was a constant Bible reader before his eyes failed him and now he has gone to receive his reward for the deeds done in the body at the hands of an all wise God, who doeth all things well.
The funeral was conducted from the Antioch Methodist church, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 1927, by the Rev. J.H. Nall, pastor of the Portland United Brethren church at 2 P.M. with interment in the Antioch cemetery.
Card of Thanks
We take this method of expressing to all our neighbors and friends our sincere thanks for all the good words and kind acts to our loving father while he was with us and to us both before and since his departure, and also for the floral tributes.
Signed, Mrs. George Maxwell and Mrs. Daniel Knall, the daughters, Seymour and Pavey Bickel, sons.Submitted by: Mary Lou Hudson