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BLOOMINGTON - The Rev. Carl O. Bickel, longtime pastor of the United Parish of Bowie, Md. (Presbyterian USA and United Church of Christ), died Feb. 11, 2006, in Annapolis, Md., after a lengthy illness. He was 69.

Mr. Bickel was born and raised in Bloomington. One of his first jobs was as a paperboy for The Daily Pantagraph.

He was called to the United Parish of Bowie in October 1973. Mr. Bickel was also a certified pastoral counselor. He was heavily involved in community and regional church activities.

Beloved husband of Shirley Klotz Bickel; loving father of Eric (Dina), Kensington, Md.; Chadwick (Rebecca), Crofton, Md.; Matthew (Christine), Bowie, Md.; and Charissa Bickel, Towson, Md.; brother of George Bickel, Wheaton; and grandfather of four.

A service of thanksgiving and praise was Friday at the Christian Community Church in Bowie. Interment was in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Bowie.

Gifts may be sent to: Carl O. Bickel Memorial Fund, c/o Becky DeMeo at the United Parish of Bowie Mitchellville and Mount Oak Roads, Bowie, MD 20716.

Arrangements were by Beall Funeral Home, Bowie. Please sign the guestbook at







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