John E. Bickel Jr., 70, of Owensboro left his mortal body and went to be with the Lord Jesus Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Born July 25, 1950 in Louisville to the late John Edmund Bickel Sr M.D. and Grace Lee Parker Bickel, John graduated from Daviess County High School (class of ’68) where he was voted “Most Likely to Succeed”. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University after which he received his jurisprudence degree from the University of Kentucky School of Law. John practiced business law in Owensboro for 39 years developing close relationships with his clients and representing many prominent businesses. One of John’s trademarks was his iconic laugh along with his faithfulness and rare sense of humor. He was a committed follower of Christ who served as a teacher of the singles class at Third Baptist for many years. He loved teaching about the covenant and discipling others and was a long-standing member of Walnut Memorial Baptist Church where he taught the Living Waters class. John was a staunch supporter of prolife causes and conservative candidates. Some of John’s leisure activities included golf, sailing, and fishing as well being an avid reader.
Those left to honor and cherish his memory include his wife of 28 years, Lauren Elizabeth (Thorton) Bickel; daughter, Emily Bickel Wicker and husband Daniel of Louisville; son, Timothy Bickel and fiancé’ Anne Marie Kirk of Lexington; sister, Sandra Lawson.
A memorial service for John Bickel will be at Glenn Funeral Home with limited attendance. Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 until 7:00 pm and Saturday from 8:30 until 9:30 am. Interment will be in Owensboro Memorial Gardens. Family and friends are asked to wear protective masks and social distance in accordance with the Governor’s mandate. For the visitation please enter the doors by the flagpole on the Breckenridge side of the building.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Carenet of Owensboro, 425 E 18th St, Owensboro, KY 42303.
Memories and condolences for the family of John Bickel may be left at www.glenncares.com