Melvin G. Bixler

    Melvin G. Bixler, 86, a Berne businessman, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, July 2, 2012, at his residence.
    He was born in Geneva to the late Benjamin and Iva Belle (Harden) Bixler on May 5, 1926.
    Melvin married Joan (Baumgartner) Bixler on June 16, 1946; the couple recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
    He was a member of the West Missionary Church. Melvin was an agent for Bixler Insurance, Inc. for more than 45 years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46, and was a member of the Geneva VFW Post 6751 as a Life Member.
    Melvin was an avid golfer and golf club collector. He also enjoyed restoring Model A Fords, woodworking and gardening. He was a master at the art of conversation and never met a stranger. He had a friendly smile, a great sense of humor, and loved a good, friendly argument.
    Among survivors are his wife, Joan; sons, Doug (Janet) Bixler of Berne; Greg (Kristin) Bixler of Zionsville, Ind.; Mark (Ann) Bixler of Decatur; and daughters, Linda (Phil) Liechty of Lewiscenter, Ohio; Cheryl Terhune of Fort Wayne; Deb Singleton of Decatur; and Nancy (John) Schindler of Houston, Texas;23 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by a brother, Herman Bixler; sister, Margaret Fenstermaker; and half-brother, Wayne Glendening.
    Visitation will be Thursday, July 5, from 2-8 p.m. at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, and one hour prior to service on Friday.
    Funeral services are Friday, July 6, at 2 p.m. at West Missionary Church, with Pastor Keith Rupp officiating.
    Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, with military rites by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Geneva Post 6751.
    Preferred memorials are to Family Life Care, West Missionary Church, or the Honor Flight of Indiana.
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