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Berdell Guy “Buck” Bickley, age 84, of Otis, Colo., died March 20, 2008.

He was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Madison, Neb., to Guy Leroy and Lillian Pauline (Boe) Bickley. The family moved to Otis when Berdell was in the 6th grade. His parents had traded land with his grandfather, Dirk Boe Sr., and Berdell lived on this place for the rest of his life until retirement. Berdell attended schools in Otis, graduating in 1941. He was very active in his Ag class, where his instructor gave him his lifelong nickname of “Buck.” Berdell was successful in the show ring, showing his registered Hereford cattle. He attended Business College in Medford, Ore., until he was drafted into the Army.

Berdell served in the Army Air Corps, and later in the Air Force. After training, he was assigned to a B17 Bomber and spent his tour of duty at the Capachino Air Base in Naples, Italy. He was the Radio Operator and qualified as a gunner, flying 30 missions, 10 of those “detached” with the 8th Air Force out of England. He performed several missions over Germany. He received an honorable discharge, and was awarded the American Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Upon returning to Otis, married Noralea Davis on Sept. 28, 1947, near Yuma. They farmed and ranched in partnership with his parents. Berdell’s skills with cattle found him “on call” during calving season, assisting many friends and neighbors. Through the years, he was a substitute mail carrier, worked on windmills with Fred Cawthra, and helped his lifelong friend, Ed Kuntz, during wheat harvest. He also traveled with his cousin’s wheat harvesting crew out of Oklahoma. Berdell retired two months short of 24 years as Dispatcher of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department; State Game and Fish, and the Colorado State Patrol. He served in the USAF Reserves.

He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3961. He served as Commander for several different terms. He was a member of the VFW Ritual Team, the Cooties, a fund-raising arm of the VFW, and was a charter member of the Otis Lions Club and the Akron American Legion.

Berdell was an avid sportsman, holding a Lifetime Resident Combo State Small Game Hunting and Fishing License. He was happiest when he was “at one” with nature. Berdell and his buddies saw 17 years of “opening morning” for Elk season. His fishing pole and fly rod offered all the solitude he thought one would ever need.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, dance partner and help mate of 60 years, Noralea; daughter Lyndell and husband Roger Tuell of Eckley, Colo.; son Aaron and wife Sandy of Otis; grandchildren Cody Bickley and wife Lynette of Hays, Kan., Trevor Tuell and wife Melissa of Eckley, Colo., Kaci and husband Chad Kearns of Mitchell, Neb., Kevann Moritz of Moscow, Idaho, Megan and husband Jared Breinig of Mitchell, and Guy Tuell of Lakewood, Colo.; and twin great-granddaughters, Taiten and Maren Tuell of Eckley.

Services were held on March 25 in Otis. Intement followed at Otis Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Yuma District Hospital or Multiple Sclerosis.

Berdell Guy “Buck” Bickley, age 84, of Otis, Colo., died March 20, 2008.

He was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Madison, Neb., to Guy Leroy and Lillian Pauline (Boe) Bickley. The family moved to Otis when Berdell was in the 6th grade. His parents had traded land with his grandfather, Dirk Boe Sr., and Berdell lived on this place for the rest of his life until retirement. Berdell attended schools in Otis, graduating in 1941. He was very active in his Ag class, where his instructor gave him his lifelong nickname of “Buck.” Berdell was successful in the show ring, showing his registered Hereford cattle. He attended Business College in Medford, Ore., until he was drafted into the Army.

Berdell served in the Army Air Corps, and later in the Air Force. After training, he was assigned to a B17 Bomber and spent his tour of duty at the Capachino Air Base in Naples, Italy. He was the Radio Operator and qualified as a gunner, flying 30 missions, 10 of those “detached” with the 8th Air Force out of England. He performed several missions over Germany. He received an honorable discharge, and was awarded the American Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Upon returning to Otis, married Noralea Davis on Sept. 28, 1947, near Yuma. They farmed and ranched in partnership with his parents. Berdell’s skills with cattle found him “on call” during calving season, assisting many friends and neighbors. Through the years, he was a substitute mail carrier, worked on windmills with Fred Cawthra, and helped his lifelong friend, Ed Kuntz, during wheat harvest. He also traveled with his cousin’s wheat harvesting crew out of Oklahoma. Berdell retired two months short of 24 years as Dispatcher of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department; State Game and Fish, and the Colorado State Patrol. He served in the USAF Reserves.

He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3961. He served as Commander for several different terms. He was a member of the VFW Ritual Team, the Cooties, a fund-raising arm of the VFW, and was a charter member of the Otis Lions Club and the Akron American Legion.

Berdell was an avid sportsman, holding a Lifetime Resident Combo State Small Game Hunting and Fishing License. He was happiest when he was “at one” with nature. Berdell and his buddies saw 17 years of “opening morning” for Elk season. His fishing pole and fly rod offered all the solitude he thought one would ever need.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, dance partner and help mate of 60 years, Noralea; daughter Lyndell and husband Roger Tuell of Eckley, Colo.; son Aaron and wife Sandy of Otis; grandchildren Cody Bickley and wife Lynette of Hays, Kan., Trevor Tuell and wife Melissa of Eckley, Colo., Kaci and husband Chad Kearns of Mitchell, Neb., Kevann Moritz of Moscow, Idaho, Megan and husband Jared Breinig of Mitchell, and Guy Tuell of Lakewood, Colo.; and twin great-granddaughters, Taiten and Maren Tuell of Eckley.

Services were held on March 25 in Otis. Intement followed at Otis Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Yuma District Hospital or Multiple Sclerosis.

Berdell Guy “Buck” Bickley, age 84, of Otis, Colo., died March 20, 2008.

He was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Madison, Neb., to Guy Leroy and Lillian Pauline (Boe) Bickley. The family moved to Otis when Berdell was in the 6th grade. His parents had traded land with his grandfather, Dirk Boe Sr., and Berdell lived on this place for the rest of his life until retirement. Berdell attended schools in Otis, graduating in 1941. He was very active in his Ag class, where his instructor gave him his lifelong nickname of “Buck.” Berdell was successful in the show ring, showing his registered Hereford cattle. He attended Business College in Medford, Ore., until he was drafted into the Army.

Berdell served in the Army Air Corps, and later in the Air Force. After training, he was assigned to a B17 Bomber and spent his tour of duty at the Capachino Air Base in Naples, Italy. He was the Radio Operator and qualified as a gunner, flying 30 missions, 10 of those “detached” with the 8th Air Force out of England. He performed several missions over Germany. He received an honorable discharge, and was awarded the American Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Upon returning to Otis, married Noralea Davis on Sept. 28, 1947, near Yuma. They farmed and ranched in partnership with his parents. Berdell’s skills with cattle found him “on call” during calving season, assisting many friends and neighbors. Through the years, he was a substitute mail carrier, worked on windmills with Fred Cawthra, and helped his lifelong friend, Ed Kuntz, during wheat harvest. He also traveled with his cousin’s wheat harvesting crew out of Oklahoma. Berdell retired two months short of 24 years as Dispatcher of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department; State Game and Fish, and the Colorado State Patrol. He served in the USAF Reserves.

He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3961. He served as Commander for several different terms. He was a member of the VFW Ritual Team, the Cooties, a fund-raising arm of the VFW, and was a charter member of the Otis Lions Club and the Akron American Legion.

Berdell was an avid sportsman, holding a Lifetime Resident Combo State Small Game Hunting and Fishing License. He was happiest when he was “at one” with nature. Berdell and his buddies saw 17 years of “opening morning” for Elk season. His fishing pole and fly rod offered all the solitude he thought one would ever need.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, dance partner and help mate of 60 years, Noralea; daughter Lyndell and husband Roger Tuell of Eckley, Colo.; son Aaron and wife Sandy of Otis; grandchildren Cody Bickley and wife Lynette of Hays, Kan., Trevor Tuell and wife Melissa of Eckley, Colo., Kaci and husband Chad Kearns of Mitchell, Neb., Kevann Moritz of Moscow, Idaho, Megan and husband Jared Breinig of Mitchell, and Guy Tuell of Lakewood, Colo.; and twin great-granddaughters, Taiten and Maren Tuell of Eckley.

Services were held on March 25 in Otis. Intement followed at Otis Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Yuma District Hospital or Multiple Sclerosis.

Berdell Guy “Buck” Bickley, age 84, of Otis, Colo., died March 20, 2008.

He was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Madison, Neb., to Guy Leroy and Lillian Pauline (Boe) Bickley. The family moved to Otis when Berdell was in the 6th grade. His parents had traded land with his grandfather, Dirk Boe Sr., and Berdell lived on this place for the rest of his life until retirement. Berdell attended schools in Otis, graduating in 1941. He was very active in his Ag class, where his instructor gave him his lifelong nickname of “Buck.” Berdell was successful in the show ring, showing his registered Hereford cattle. He attended Business College in Medford, Ore., until he was drafted into the Army.

Berdell served in the Army Air Corps, and later in the Air Force. After training, he was assigned to a B17 Bomber and spent his tour of duty at the Capachino Air Base in Naples, Italy. He was the Radio Operator and qualified as a gunner, flying 30 missions, 10 of those “detached” with the 8th Air Force out of England. He performed several missions over Germany. He received an honorable discharge, and was awarded the American Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Upon returning to Otis, married Noralea Davis on Sept. 28, 1947, near Yuma. They farmed and ranched in partnership with his parents. Berdell’s skills with cattle found him “on call” during calving season, assisting many friends and neighbors. Through the years, he was a substitute mail carrier, worked on windmills with Fred Cawthra, and helped his lifelong friend, Ed Kuntz, during wheat harvest. He also traveled with his cousin’s wheat harvesting crew out of Oklahoma. Berdell retired two months short of 24 years as Dispatcher of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department; State Game and Fish, and the Colorado State Patrol. He served in the USAF Reserves.

He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3961. He served as Commander for several different terms. He was a member of the VFW Ritual Team, the Cooties, a fund-raising arm of the VFW, and was a charter member of the Otis Lions Club and the Akron American Legion.

Berdell was an avid sportsman, holding a Lifetime Resident Combo State Small Game Hunting and Fishing License. He was happiest when he was “at one” with nature. Berdell and his buddies saw 17 years of “opening morning” for Elk season. His fishing pole and fly rod offered all the solitude he thought one would ever need.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, dance partner and help mate of 60 years, Noralea; daughter Lyndell and husband Roger Tuell of Eckley, Colo.; son Aaron and wife Sandy of Otis; grandchildren Cody Bickley and wife Lynette of Hays, Kan., Trevor Tuell and wife Melissa of Eckley, Colo., Kaci and husband Chad Kearns of Mitchell, Neb., Kevann Moritz of Moscow, Idaho, Megan and husband Jared Breinig of Mitchell, and Guy Tuell of Lakewood, Colo.; and twin great-granddaughters, Taiten and Maren Tuell of Eckley.

Services were held on March 25 in Otis. Intement followed at Otis Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Yuma District Hospital or Multiple Sclerosis.

Berdell Guy “Buck” Bickley, age 84, of Otis, Colo., died March 20, 2008.

He was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Madison, Neb., to Guy Leroy and Lillian Pauline (Boe) Bickley. The family moved to Otis when Berdell was in the 6th grade. His parents had traded land with his grandfather, Dirk Boe Sr., and Berdell lived on this place for the rest of his life until retirement. Berdell attended schools in Otis, graduating in 1941. He was very active in his Ag class, where his instructor gave him his lifelong nickname of “Buck.” Berdell was successful in the show ring, showing his registered Hereford cattle. He attended Business College in Medford, Ore., until he was drafted into the Army.

Berdell served in the Army Air Corps, and later in the Air Force. After training, he was assigned to a B17 Bomber and spent his tour of duty at the Capachino Air Base in Naples, Italy. He was the Radio Operator and qualified as a gunner, flying 30 missions, 10 of those “detached” with the 8th Air Force out of England. He performed several missions over Germany. He received an honorable discharge, and was awarded the American Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Upon returning to Otis, married Noralea Davis on Sept. 28, 1947, near Yuma. They farmed and ranched in partnership with his parents. Berdell’s skills with cattle found him “on call” during calving season, assisting many friends and neighbors. Through the years, he was a substitute mail carrier, worked on windmills with Fred Cawthra, and helped his lifelong friend, Ed Kuntz, during wheat harvest. He also traveled with his cousin’s wheat harvesting crew out of Oklahoma. Berdell retired two months short of 24 years as Dispatcher of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department; State Game and Fish, and the Colorado State Patrol. He served in the USAF Reserves.

He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3961. He served as Commander for several different terms. He was a member of the VFW Ritual Team, the Cooties, a fund-raising arm of the VFW, and was a charter member of the Otis Lions Club and the Akron American Legion.

Berdell was an avid sportsman, holding a Lifetime Resident Combo State Small Game Hunting and Fishing License. He was happiest when he was “at one” with nature. Berdell and his buddies saw 17 years of “opening morning” for Elk season. His fishing pole and fly rod offered all the solitude he thought one would ever need.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, dance partner and help mate of 60 years, Noralea; daughter Lyndell and husband Roger Tuell of Eckley, Colo.; son Aaron and wife Sandy of Otis; grandchildren Cody Bickley and wife Lynette of Hays, Kan., Trevor Tuell and wife Melissa of Eckley, Colo., Kaci and husband Chad Kearns of Mitchell, Neb., Kevann Moritz of Moscow, Idaho, Megan and husband Jared Breinig of Mitchell, and Guy Tuell of Lakewood, Colo.; and twin great-granddaughters, Taiten and Maren Tuell of Eckley.

Services were held on March 25 in Otis. Intement followed at Otis Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Yuma District Hospital or Multiple Sclerosis.


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