Forest B. Bicknell Social Security chief

May 07, 1991

A Mass of Christian burial for Forest B. Bicknell, a retired branch chief with the Social Security Administration and former Woodlawn community leader, will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at (( the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, 6950 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn.

Mr. Bicknell, who was 65 and living in Gettysburg, Pa., died Saturday of heart failure at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.

A native of Vernonia, Ore., Mr. Bicknell joined the Army just before the end of World War II. While stationed in Alaska the following year, he contracted rheumatic fever. The illness barred his re-enlistment in the Army, and so Mr. Bicknell signed up with the Air Force. He was stationed in Bermuda until 1958, when he was honorably discharged and began working for the Social Security Administration in Seattle.

He moved to Woodlawn in 1960, working at the Social Security Administration headquarters as branch chief of the entitlement division until his retirement in 1985.

Mr. Bicknell was an active member of the Woodlawn community and founded the Hilltop Estates Association, a civic group representing the neighborhood.

He also was active in the Woodlawn softball league and a secretary

for the Chesapeake Bay chapter of the Audubon Society.

Mr. Bicknell's first wife, the former Ruth Kelly, died in 1987. He married Shirley Hendricksen two years ago, and the couple moved to Gettysburg.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Merle Anne Bicknell of Boston and Kathleen M. Bicknell of Pittsburgh; his mother, Cecil Charlotte Bicknell of Red Lodge, Mont.; a sister, Kay Moore of Philadelphia; and four stepdaughters, Sandy Cofiell of Westminster, Karen Whitehead of Gettysburg, Sherree Cofiell of Woodlawn and Terry Cimino of Randallstown.

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