Jay E. Bickel Sr.

Feb 7, 2018
Bickel, Jay Sr. Recent


10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Kearns Funeral Service, Kimball Chapel


4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Kearns Funeral Service, Kimball Chapel


Waterloo Cemetery at a later date


to the family


Jay E. Bickel Sr., 75, of Waterloo, died at Cedar Valley Hospice Home, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 of natural causes.

Jay was born on September 10, 1942 in Perry, IA, the son of Everett Lester & Neola (Halphery) Bickel.

Jay graduated from Des Moines East High School in 1961. He then served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, receiving an honorable discharge on January 4, 1965.

He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for the city of Waterloo for 28 years, retiring in 2005.

Jay married Carol Bowles in 1965; they were later divorced. He then married Linda Harvey on September 26, 1992 in Waterloo.

Survived by his wife, Linda Bickel of Waterloo; four sons, Jay E. (Kim) Bickel Jr. of Waterloo, Clay (Anita) Bowles of Waterloo, Scott (Jane) Bowles of Waterloo and David (Rhonda) Bowles of Grundy Center; seven grandchildren, Adam Bickel, Andrew Bickel, Jay E. “J.J.” Bickel III, Scott Bickel, Emily Kapinus, Grant Bowles, and Julia Bloeser; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Veronica) Bickel of Cedar Falls and Marvin (Jan) Bickel of Arizona; and five sisters, LaVonne Melton of Arizona, Gail (Ralph) Cox of Minnesota, Karen (Keith) Bohning of Des Moines, Marilyn (Warren) Wolfe of Arizona, and Vickie (Gary) Bontrager of Indiana.

Preceded in death by his parents; a son, Charles Ranson; two brothers, Darrell "Pete” Bickel and Jerry Bickel; and two sisters, Darlene Hall and Wanda Tilton.

Jay enjoyed camping, fishing, studying history – especially World War II. He was known for rescuing animals. Jay always looked forward to family cookouts in the summer. He loved watching old Westerns.

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  1. Steve Voshell | Feb 17, 2018

    Clay and family.

    so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. 

  2. Eric Penning | Feb 13, 2018
    Linda, I'm so sorry to hear the loss of your husband. My sympathies to you and your family. Hoping God has blessed you with the strength to remember the great times you and Jay had together. 
  3. Denise Woods | Feb 13, 2018
    Linda and family, keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers--Bunger Cafe' Staff
  4. Joni Rentschler | Feb 10, 2018
    My sympathy to all the family at this sad loss.  I’m happy Jay was blessed to continue living life as he fought his battle with cancer.  May you all rejoice as you celebrate Jay’s life and entrance into God’s Mighty Kingdom of Heaven.  Praying God fills you with joy in the assurance that you will one day be with Jay again in heaven.  Love you all!

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