Gary Bickmeier

Gary Bickmeier


Gary David Bickmeier, 68, of White Hall went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at Memorial Medical Center.

Gary was born in Evansville, Ind., on July 8, 1952, to William and Carie Bickmeier, who preceded him in death. Gary also was preceded in death by his stepmother, Betty Bickmier.

He married Jean Benner on Sept. 25, 1983, at Sandy Creek Retreat Center in Barrow. Gary is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jean; two sons, Daniel (Jeanette) Benner and Bill (Naemi) Bickmeier; three grandchildren, Bradlie, Joey and Anna; one great-grandchild, Sahvanna; a sister, Sharen (Chuck) Gardner; a brother, Don (Patsey) Bickmeier; and many nieces and nephews.

Gary attended Hillview Baptist Church and was a Sunday school class teacher. Gary loved animals, gardening, working in his shop and playing basketball. He was a Cubs fan.

He graduated from Trivalley High School. He had a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and a master's degree from the University of Illinois. Gary worked for Illinois and Iowa Extension services for 33 years. After his retirement, Gary worked with farmers and was a substitute teacher. Gary started each morning with prayer and reading his Bible, followed by hobbies such as playing with his puppy, Katie, and spending time with family.

A funeral service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Daws Funeral Home in Roodhouse with interment at Pine Tree Cemetery. Visitation was from 1 p.m. Saturday until the time of services at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Pine Tree Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at




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