Lex Edward BICKLE

BICKLE

Lex Edward

Sept. 20, 1923 – Feb.1, 2012

Lex Bickle passed away peacefully at Pine Ridge Lodge in Stettler the morning of February 1 2012, listening to his classical music at the age of 88 years. Lex was born in Red Deer, Alta on Sept. 20, 1923. He was the third child of Thomas and Laura Bickle, a younger brother to Gladys and John Bruce Bickle of Stettler. Lex took his schooling in Stettler and then moved to Edmonton to join the army for a short duration and then went on to join the navy, where he remained until the end of the war in 1945. During his lifetime, Lex had many careers including working on the land as a farmhand, then to Peace River to work for Scott Wholesale Fruit, he then purchased a BA Service Station in Peace River from there he headed to the NWT to work at a weather station. Lex then went to the Arctic and worked on the Dew Line for a lengthy period of time. During this time he became very good friends with the Eskimo’s. Lex hunted, fished and basically lived with them. He found solitude there. Later he returned to northern Alta. where Lex gained his pilots license and then on to his commercial license flying the North West Territories delivering to remote places. Lex then spent several years at Grande Prairie and Manning areas. He journeyed to Lethbridge to become an embalmer, spending time there Lex finally was tired of the wind and returned to central Alberta. Back home to Stettler, Lex purchased his insurance & travel business, Bickle Agencies, at this time from Ernie Salt. Lex continued with his business until the time of his retirement, travelling to almost every country in the world and meeting wonderful people (having a taste for beauty and the finer things in life, like a perfectly aged scotch). Lex had fond memories of Buffalo Lake, owning many properties, so in 1974 he made this his home and remained there until a year ago when his health required him to move to Pine Ridge Lodge. Lex will be sadly missed by his family and many dear friends, a lot being like family to him. A service was held at Stettler United Church on Sat. Feb. 4, 2012. Lex was laid to rest at Lake View Cemetery, Stettler, Alta. An expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Lex, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0. Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at www.brennenfuneralhome.com


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