John Samuel Bicksler, 93, farmer, BIC pastor, appliance serviceman at Longenecker’s Hardware

By on June 30, 2015

John Samuel Bicksler, 93, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Monday, June 22, 2015, at Messiah Lifeways, Mechanicsburg.

He was born Oct, 6, 1921 in Shirksville, a son of the late John Philip and Amanda Balsbaugh Bross Bicksler. John was the husband of the late Elva Mae Smeltzer Bicksler who passed away Aug. 2, 1998.

He was a farmer, a Brethren in Christ pastor for 20 years, and a major appliance serviceman for Longenecker’s Hardware in Manheim, from where he retired. In his retirement, he was an avid bicyclist and volunteered at Messiah Lifeways. He was a member of the Fairland Brethren in Christ Church, Cleona.

John is survived by his daughter: Lois A., wife of Lloyd Melhorn Jr., Manheim; son: Dale R., husband of Harriet Sider Bicksler, Mechanicsburg; son: Dennis R., husband of Tina M. Dimitris Bicksler, Lititz; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

John was predeceased by two sisters and a brother: Verna Miller, Ralph Bicksler, and Ruth Wenger.

A funeral service was held in the Fairland Brethren in Christ Church, Cleona, on June 30. Interment followed in Fairland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fairland Brethren in Christ Church, 529 W. Penn Ave., Cleona, PA, 17042.

The Rohland Funeral Home Inc., Lebanon is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be given at rohlandfh.com.

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