David A. Bickley, 64, a lifelong resident of Marblehead, died peacefully Monday, July 1, 2013, in Cleveland Clinic, surrounded by family.
He was born Nov. 5, 1948, in Port Clinton, son of the late Lawrence D. and Margaret (Kassai) Bickley. Mr. Bickley worked for the GM/Delphi Plant in Sandusky retiring in 2003. He was a U.S. Army combat veteran serving his country in Vietnam from 1968-69 as part of the 1/28th Infantry 1st Infantry Division earning a Bronze Star and Purple Heart with cluster.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marblehead, VFW Post 7572, Marblehead, American Legion, DAV, Eagles No. 444, Sandusky, and UAW Local 913 retirees.
David was an avid Civil War and military historian as well as a dedicated advocate for the preservation of America’s Civil War heritage and battlefields. As a member of the Little Big Horn Associates, David studied the life of George Armstrong Custer. He was fond of sharing his love of U.S. history with his family through many trips to Gettysburg, Pa., and other historical sites over the years.
David also enjoyed participating in weekly “Focus Group” meetings with his friends, cheering on the Browns and Indians, sharing the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, and spending an evening around a campfire. He had a huge heart for animals and loved his pets, Preacher (cat), Skip and Rita (dogs), and his best friend Jackson who he referred to not as a dog, but as a quadraped.
Surviving are his sons, Joseph (Amy) Bickley, Matthew (LeeAnn) Bickley and daughter, Jennifer Bickley, all of Marblehead; grandchildren, Airrin Perruchon, Michaela Bickley, Haley Bickley and Zachary Bickley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Daniel.
Visitation will be 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Peninsula Chapel, Lakeside-Marblehead, where prayer services will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marblehead. Additional visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, Marblehead.
Memorial contributions may be given to Civil War Trust, 1140 Professional Court, Hagerstown, MD 21740; Disabled American Veterans, 1240 E. 9th St., Room 1015, Cleveland, OH 44199; or St. Labre Indian School, P.O Box 216, Ashland, MT 59003-9989.