Dr. William G. Bickers, 88, of Roselawn Drive, died at 9:20 a.m. Sunday, April 4, 2010, at Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility. Dr. Bickers was an optometrist for 60 years, a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and a member and former Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus. He also was a former member and past president of Bartholomew Consolidated School Board. An Army veteran of World War II, he served as a medic during the D-Day invasion and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church with Father Joseph McNally officiating. Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street. A Rosary service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be at Garland Brook Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Hospice of South Central Indiana or by giving blood to any blood bank. Online condolences may be sent to the Bickers family at barkesweaverglick.com
Dr. Bickers was born in Evansville April 11, 1921, the son of Thomas J. and Fanchon E. Torbert Bickers. He married Patricia A. Tackett, September 18, 1943. She preceded him in death May 3, 1999. Survivors include his children, Terry M. Bickers of Columbus, Patrick M. (Diane) Bickers of Kansas City, Missouri, and Bill (Kristina) Bickers of Bloomington, Illinois; grandchildren, Abigayle Bickers, Adam Bickers, John Bickers and Hunter Bickers; and a great-grandchild, Avah Waldschmidt. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers, Richard and Tom Bickers; and a sister, Elizabeth Lavely.