Vernon Ned Bixler
October 27, 1931 ‒ September 02, 2018
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 (https://www.redcross.org) or to the former Berea Children’s Home (https://ohioguidestone.org).
The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is honored to serve the Bixler family during this time