Bickel a Catalyst in Growing Conversion Market

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January 30, 2013 by   2 Comments

Donald “Skip” Bickel, a 30-year marketing veteran of the van/truck conversion industry, passed away Jan. 26 following a year-long battle with cancer.

Bickel, 60, was instrumental in the successful startup of Advantage Corp., Goshen, Ind., and the restructuring of Alabama-based Kustom Kreations. He also owned Biarritz Motor Coach, Goshen, and Cruiser’s Auto/Truck Outfitters, Naples, Fla.

Bickel is survived by his wife, Jane (Weldy), and daughter, Jessica Dallas of St. Augustine, Fla. Also surviving are a sister, Rebecca Bonham of South Bend, Ind.; brother John (Connie) Bickel of Syracuse, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Michael.

Bickel graduated from Goshen High in 1970 and attended Vincennes University.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be directed to United Cancer Services of Elkhart County Inc. or Cass County Cancer Services.

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2 Responses to “Bickel a Catalyst in Growing Conversion Market”

  1. Kim Gerring on January 31st, 2013 4:00 pm

    I will miss Skip. He was always a pleasure to see and spend some time with.
    I will Always remember him as a friend who worked hard and played hard.
    Always had something nice to say to you or about you. Comfortable person to be around. MISS YA SKIP! See ya on the other side..

  2. Dan A. Welsh on January 31st, 2013 6:42 pm

    Skip Bickel was a special person. His large structure intimidated people who did not know him, but he was the most gentle person you could ever meet. He and I were friends from an early age and business partners for many years. His story telling skills are unmatched by anyone. May he rest in peace, as he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. As Kim said above — see ya on the other side Skipper !!