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David James Fickel, Esq.

Dave Fickel, of Swanton, Ohio, entered into heaven on July 21, 2015 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo following a short illness. He was born October 21, 1953 and raised in Carlisle, PA, the son of Virginia and James R. Fickel.

He received a B.A. from Gettysburg College in 1975 where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He moved to Toledo to attend the University of Toledo School of Law, and earned his J.D. in 1978. Upon graduation from law school, Dave practiced substantially in bankruptcy, contracts and consumer law. He litigated early Truth in Lending issues, Hill-Burton claims and emerging debtor defenses involving warranties, unlawful creditor solicitations and prepaid contracts in both state and federal courts. Later practice experience involved representation of both debtors and creditors in consumer and business bankruptcy matters, employment law issues, and litigation on contract rights.

In 1982 Dave joined the Bankruptcy Court staff as the Estate Administrator, supervising the work of panel trustees and other professionals, conducting administrative hearings and monitoring case administration. He was then appointed as Court Administrator, Clerk in Charge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio, Toledo, retiring in 2014 after 32 years of Federal service.

He was an adjunct law professor at Ohio Northern University since 1986. He lectured as a visiting professor at the University of Toledo College of Law since 1994 on bankruptcy related courses. Dave was a frequent speaker on a national basis for the Federal Judicial Center and at local bar association and continuing legal education seminars on bankruptcy case administration. In 1996 he was invited to present suggested Bankruptcy Code amendments in a hearing before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission.

He served as President of Taft Inn of Court at ONU Law School, Founding President of the Waite Inn of Court at UT Law School, and on the Boards of Toledo Legal Aid and Public Defender, Corporation for Legal Assistance and Services to the Poor, and Goodwill Industries. He was a member of Barton Smith Masonic Lodge for over 23 years.

Dave met the love of his life on a blind date in October, 1988. They were engaged 2 months later, and married on April 15, 1989. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last year with a dream trip to Jamaica.

When he wasn’t working, Dave enjoyed gardening on his 5 acre property he called Oakhill. He could always be seen at area concerts: despite his illness, he attended the Rolling Stones concert in Detroit on July 8th.

Dave’s proudest accomplishments of his life were his children, Melissa, DJ and Lindsey. He worked hard to make sure they got the best education, in the classroom and through his life lessons, and always encouraged them to aim high and be the best they could be.

Dave is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children, Melissa, DJ and Lindsey; mother, Virginia (Don) Ehr; brother, Bill (Kim) Fickel; sister, Linda Niesen; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sue (Adrian) Millon, Liz (Kenan) Oran, Diane (Dan) Leier, Jim (Susan) Ehr, Tom (Juliana) Ehr, Mike Ehr, Catherine (Jose) Quintiero and Meg Ehr; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Rodney Fickel; mother-in-law, Marge Ehr; best friend, Tom Overley; and special friend, Marcia Bolam.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Richard’s Church (333 Brookside Dr. 43558) in Swanton, OH. on Monday, July 27th, at 11a.m. Burial services will be private at St. Richard's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Memory of Dave to the University of Toledo Alumni Association, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, or a charity of your choice.

Thanks to all my fans at SHS. Keep on dancing!” C. Thunder

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

Memorial Mass: Monday, July 27, 2015 at 11:00 am @ St. Richard's Catholic Church in Swanton

Private Interment: St. Richard's Cemetery

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Carolyn and Family- Please acceot my deepest sympathies on the passing of David. He was alawyas a pleasure to care for, always the consummate professional, a kind and gentle person. He alwys encouraged me to take a trip to Williamsburg during the Thanksgiving week which I unfortunately never did. He even suppleid me with maps, sites to see and places to stay. He will be missed. Sincerely, George Darah

George N. Darah Aug 3 2015 12:00 AM

Carolyn, we've lost touch over the years since John Ken and I lived in Milan MI. I believe we met a few times in Ohio but since I broke both my legs in a stupid accident I've been spaced on pain meds in a hospital for over 2 weeks and a nursing home rehab center for a month. Hard to remember much of anything but I do remember your wedding and just watched a DVD of it recently. It's interesting how ones life can change in an instant or as your beloved Daves did in two months. Stones in July! Awesome and my son would be jealous. I'd love to chat sometime. I'll get your number from my mom. I'm so sorry you had to miss the reunion. It looked like so much fun. I did get a chance to talk to Ginny the day before he passed and between Tom Ehrs good news and her sad news I didn't know whether to smile or cry. Blessings, long life, many grandchildren and family and friends to call at 3 in the morning when you just can't take it anymore. Love to you and yours. Beautiful obit. Jealous cause I never finished law school!

Deborah Ehr Jul 30 2015 12:00 AM

Dave was well known and well liked in the bankruptcy community nationally, and his passing is a very sad loss. Dave touched the lives of many through his work and his teaching. My condolences to the entire Fickel family.

Milo Stevanovich Jul 26 2015 12:00 AM

Carolyn and family - Our sincere condolences on the passing of your husband and father. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Wishing you all the best. Frank and Teri Onweller

Frank and Teri Onweller Jul 26 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Carolyn,Melissa,D.J.&Lindsey, we send our love and prayers to each of you. Dave was a shining Star and will be greatly missed. The Hersperger Family, Pa.

Linda. Hersperger Jul 25 2015 12:00 AM

Carolyn and family. We were literally stunned to hear of Dave's passing. He was a major force in my personal and professional life and will be sorely missed by many. We pray that God's peace, grace and great compassion will be upon you all in the coming days. Please know that you remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Tom and Vici Higginbotham Jul 25 2015 12:00 AM

Dave was a gentle, caring, and humble person. He set a wonderful example for all of us and will truly be missed. Sheila and Dave Chonko

Dave Chonko Jul 24 2015 12:00 AM

So, so sorry to hear the news of Dave's passing. The Fickel family will always hold a special place in my heart as some of our closest family friends. I will hold to fond memories of growing up with the extended Carlisle,PA family and may you all know that we send love and prayers of support. Way too young, but what an impact he made with a smile and his humor. Lots of love, Katherine (Hersperger) Hennessy and family in Massachusetts

Katherine Hersperger Hennessy Jul 24 2015 12:00 AM

Carolyn, Melissa, DJ, and Lindsey, we are so sad to hear about your loss. My personal memories of Dave are of him going along with whatever girl scout activity Carolyn had planned. Dave always had a smile no matter what was requested of him from our girl scout troop. We could always count on him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Charlotte Patterson and Family, North Carolina.

The Patterson Family Jul 24 2015 12:00 AM

I am deeply saddened to hear of David's passing. He and I used to eat lunch together in the late 1980's once or twice a year. I considered him a very good and caring person and a true professional and a friend. My sincere sympathies to you all in your time of grief, I know there are few words or actions that can really console you but be proud, he was a very good man. God Bless Mike O'Donnell

Mike ODonnell Jul 24 2015 12:00 AM

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