Bruce Brickel, who served as manager of the BMH Print Shop for many years and who oversaw the production of BMH Book projects, the Brethren Missionary Herald magazine, and printing projects for many Grace Brethren organizations, died on Thursday, June 11. Services are June 18, 2015, at the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church. His obituary appears below.
Bruce Allen Brickel of Winona Lake, Ind., died at 11:32 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, Ind., at the age of 86.
Bruce had been a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., since 1969 and was a member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church. He was a graduate of Rittman High School in Ohio, and a 1949 graduate of Bryan University in Dayton, Tenn.
Bruce was the owner of a print shop in Ohio called Bruce Print. He also built the BMH Printing Co. for the Brethren Missionary Herald in Winona Lake. He owned and operated Lakeview Laundromat in Winona Lake, as well as being the owner of Furniture Factory Outlet in Warsaw, Ind. Bruce always kept busy and worked for Fast Courier in Warsaw as a driver, and was part of a quartet called The Brethren Four.
He was born August 6, 1928 in Rittman, Ohio, to Herl Clair Brickel and Mabel Frances (Auker) Brickel. On June 19, 1948 he was married to Nita May (Bookamer) Brickel, who survives in Winona Lake, Ind.
He will be lovingly remembered by his three sons: Doug (wife, Donna) Brickel (Daytona Beach, Fla.); Don (wife, Sandy) Brickel (Franklin, Tenn.); Duane Brickel (Plano, Tex.); daughter: Lynn (husband, Dale) Lehman (Fort Wayne, Ind.); thirteen grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind two sisters: Frances Landis (Sandusky, Ohio) and Janet Holsinger (Wadsworth, Ohio). He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one brother, a grandson, and his daughter-in-law Rosie Brickel.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Ind.
His funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind., and officiated by Pastor Bruce Barlow. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.
Memorial donations may be directed to Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590; or to Water for Good, P.O. Box 247, Winona Lake, Ind., 46590 and would be appreciated by the family.