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Melvin “Jerry” Bickel has passed away

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to, the owner of Jerry Bickel Race Cars Melvin “Jerry” Bickel passed away. He was 75.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet.

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The obituary said that the drag racing legend passed away on Wednesday. He died in Troy, Missouri.

“Beloved husband of Jennifer Bickel; devoted son of the late Melvin and Birdie Bickel; loving father of Katherine Elizabeth (Marty) Randolph and Matthew Bickel; cherished grandfather of Rhys Randolph and Colin Randolph,” the obituary said. “Jerry grew up in the Florissant area. He worked at Troy Motors and later Marquiz Motors for several years. He started Jerry Bickel Race Cars over 40 years ago. He was a scuba diver, flew helicopters, and loved boating.

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“Jerry was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Memorials may be made in Jerry’s name to PALS Animal Shelter.”

No date of the funeral service was announced in the obituary. That will be announced at a later date.

At this time, it is not clear how his death will impact the company. Many companies have continued following the death of their owner.

Jerry Bickel Race Cars is a one-stop chassis shop. According to their website, “In the race for quality… there is no finish line!”

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Jerry Bickel Race Cars opened its current location in August 2000. The 20,000-square-foot facility helped with the expansion of the company.

The company has sponsored NHRA events in the past.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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