Zenas Bicket
October 14, 1932 - September 17, 2020
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On September 17, 2020, Zenas Johan Bicket—academician, administrator, author, theologian, family man, and follower of Christ—finished his earthly course, having fought a good fight against Alzheimer’s disease and having kept the faith. He was born October 14, 1932, in Hartford, Illinois, the first child of Rev. Paul J. and Marie Bicket. A snapshot of his…

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Kathi Bush left a message on September 25, 2020:
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bicket family during this time of sorrow.
Jo Sellars Johnston left a message on September 25, 2020:
I have many wonderful memories of Mr. Bicket. Him in a suit with his briefcase on his scooter going to or from work, him searching the house for a lost small pet, and mostly him welcoming into their home all of Debbie, Daniel and David’s friends of which I was lucky to be one. The biggest impact Mr. Bicket made on my life though was taking me to church and sharing his faith with me. It was his greatest gift and ability to share and I have been forever blessed and grateful to receive it. My deepest sympathy to Debbie, her brothers and the family.
Kay Logsdon left a message on September 24, 2020:
A number of things stand out when I think about Dr. Bicket. 1) As a student, he challenged us to be published within the semester and get an automatic A for the course. He made it happen for me when, unbeknownst to me, he hand-walked one of my class assignments to The Sunday School Counselor and talked them into buying it. He presented a check for $8 to me in front of the class. 2) He instilled an understanding and appreciation for the works of John Milton in me. Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained became pivotal in my Christian faith, all because he patiently broke the poetry down and brought it to life. 3) He supported (I think even did the nomination) me when I was awarded Outstanding Senior English Major of the Year at Baccalaureate my senior year at Evangel. I wasn’t really active on campus—I worked off campus during most of my time there. There weren’t a lot of awards that meant anything to me, but that one? Well, that one I felt represented recognition that perhaps this student had a future. It wasn’t something you earned by working, or lobbying, or campaigning for. It was a recognition that the professors saw something in you, and to this day I want to live up to what he and the others may have seen in me. That’s the kind of teacher he was. 4) When we visited Springfield at some point, before moving back, we walked into a crowded room where there were open seats at your family table. I was hesitant about intruding; Paul had no such compunction and we sat down. Dr. Bicket waved us in and welcomed us, and treated us like we belonged, even though he may have preferred time with his children. I’ve always remembered that at various banquets and events over the years, trying hard to connect and notice other people and not be so engrossed in the friends or family I already knew. 5) When we moved to Springfield after 10 years away, he invited us to the Couples Fellowship Class and cemented our inclination to attend Central Assembly. That impacted the course of our life and our children’s lives, shaping all of us perhaps differently than we might have been had we gone to another church. The friendships and bonds formed within our Sunday School class have benefitted and enriched our lives in ways we can never fully explain. And, I got to have Dr. Bicket as a teacher again. 6) We visited Dr. Bicket only once after he moved to the nursing home, but I will forever have an image of him saying, “I know you—I know you were my students, and we were good friends, weren’t we?” Even then I wanted to say, “If you only knew how much you meant to us!” It was hard to say it to his face, but I’ll tell you now, “Dr. Bicket, being your student and your friend is an honor and a privilege that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.” Others in the class easily called him Zenas; to this day, my memory of him as my teacher makes me cling to the respectful and duly earned title of Dr. Bicket. Although, I will say that seeing him riding a small motorcycle to work sometimes made me think, even as a student, that he must have another, wilder, side to him! Thank you for loaning us your dad during his best years, and sharing him even as both his mental and physical health declined. You were his pride and joy—his face lit up at the mention of any one of you. We have all been truly blessed by his participation in our lives. Blessings, Kay Compton Logsdon
David Stair left a message on September 23, 2020:
Dr. Bicket has been a great friend of the Stair family since 1976! He hired me to move to Springfield from upstate New York during the spring of 1976. He continued to be a mentor as our academic Dean through my early years at evangel and into the time when I was named director of athletics. I Will always love and respect him for his kindness to me and my family throughout his life.
Diane S. Devine left a message on September 23, 2020:
What a wonderful testimonial of a man well loved by his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with your family as you lay your father to rest. May God give you strength, peace, and comfort today and in the days ahead.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Daniel Bicket left a message on September 23, 2020:
Zenas at 10 months.
Daniel Bicket left a message on September 23, 2020:
Dad loved walking the dogs
Daniel Bicket left a message on September 23, 2020:
Paul & Martha's 25th Wedding Anniversary -- Rhoda shows up!
Greenlawn left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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