Vernon Ned Bixler

October 27, 1931 ‒ September 02, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

The Reverend Vernon Ned Bixler of Delaware, Ohio, (formerly of Sandusky, Ohio) passed away on September 2, 2018, at the age of 86.

Ned was born to parents Dr. Lorin and Margaret Bixler on October 27, 1931, in Canton, Ohio. Growing up in New Concord, he was the eldest of four siblings – Marilyn, Keith, and Joel, and attended Muskingum College where he met his future wife, Shirley.

After receiving his Masters of Sacred Theology from Boston University in 1956, Ned and Shirley were married and began their life together in Sharon Center, Ohio, with Ned serving as minister of the Sharon Center United Methodist Church. Following Sharon Center, Ned became pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chesterland, Ohio, and for twelve years was pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sandusky, Ohio.  He continued to serve the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church as Director of Development/Interpretation as well as Assistant Executive Director at the Berea Children’s Home in Berea, Ohio.

Ned believed in giving back to the community.  At various times throughout his life, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Sandusky YMCA, the Erie County Senior Center, Volunteers In Action, Serving Our Seniors, and was a past chairman of the Perkins Schools Levy Committee. He spent time working with the American Red Cross, serving numerous years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Firelands Chapter.

After retiring in 1994, Ned’s activities continue to include volunteerism, traveling, and feeding a voracious appetite to read. But, his favorite retirement activity was spending time with all of his grandchildren.

Ned is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley; his sons Thomas (Jill) and David (Lynee); as well as grandchildren Andy, Greg (Alexandra), Ian, and Maggie. He was preceded in death by parents Lorin and Margaret; and siblings Marilynn, Keith, and Joel.

After cremation, a celebration of life service will take place 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 214 East Jefferson Street, Sandusky, Ohio 44870. Friends may call from 10:00 am until the time of the service. A luncheon will immediately follow the service at church.

The family is grateful for condolences, in lieu of flowers request donations be made to the American Red Cross ( or to the former Berea Children’s Home (

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is honored to serve the Bixler family during this time

  • Shirley and Family,

    Dave and I did not have the pleasure of knowing you and Ned well, but when we were together, I always enjoyed your mutual enthusiasm for life and adventure! The last time I saw Ned was in Ontario, OH at the UMC church. He was there with the retired pastor’s luncheon.

    I picture him now joined with his parents and siblings that have all gone on before. Ned surely impacted countless lives as a pastor.

    Praying for your peace and comfort.

    Bonnie and Dave Fisher (Luana’s sister; Keith’s sister-in-law)

  • Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to all of you! Ned was a big force in my life growing up in Trinity and then keeping in contact with all of you over the years! Our hearts are heavy knowing what you are going through during this difficult time.

    Karen (Koch) and Rick Bacni

  • Shirley and family –
    I remember some really good times w/you 2. Two trips to Disney, 1 trip to Washington, DC, visiting the White House for a VIP tour w/Alyssa and how thrilled you both were to see the “inside”. The cherry blossoms and some skillful driving through Washington traffic by me (Luana). Of course the Thanksgiving dinners when you lived in Sandusky and Joel and Dave fighting over the gizzard. YUCK!. Keith always enjoyed our get togethers and talking politics and Ohio State football w/Ned.

    May these and many more good memories surround you and bring you comfort and peace.

  • Shirley and family,

    Bill and I are so sorry to learn of Ned’s passing. You are in our prayers.

  • Dear Shirley, Tom, and Dave,
    Please accept my heartfelt expression of sympathy over the death of your husband and father, Ned. I have such great childhood memories of parties with the Bixlers, vacations at Lakeside and vacations at Gilford Lake. Ned was always a father figure and godly influence in our family ‘s life. We all dearly loved him and the whole Bixler family. You are all in our prayers.
    Roger Chaffee

  • Shirley and Family:

    It was a privilege to work with and for Ned many years ago at BCH. After that period it was good to become a friend and a colleague. His quest to comprehend and explore theology and many subjects was always a wonder. Hope and grace.

    John Butchko

  • Dear Shirley,
    Please know that we are thinking of you and we extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Ned was a most special friend to my Mom and Dad and he will be missed.
    Kym and Bill

  • Shirley and family, It is with great sadness that I learned about Ned passing. Sad for us, butva Welcome Home and No More Suffering and Pain. This is “Not Good Bye Ned. I will see you in the morning!”

  • To the family of , please accept my sincere condolences for your great loss. The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult challenges we could ever face. This scripture brought me comfort when I lost a loved one and I hope it can do the same for your family. (Psalm 34:18) May God give you comfort and the strength to endure through this difficult time.

  • Shirley- thinking of you and your family during this challenging time- Ned was a great man and friend to so many- he will be missed
    Beth and Tom Janssen