Gene Edward Pickens, Sr.

September 04, 1921 ‒ November 11, 2002

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Gene E. Pickens, Sr., 81, of Trease Road, Mansfield, died Monday morning November 11, 2002 in the emergency room of MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a sudden illness.

He was born September 4, 1921 in Bucyrus to Henry C. and Helen E. (Hottinger) Pickens, was graduated from Jacksontown High School in Licking County, and lived in the Mansfield area most of his life.

A WWII Navy veteran, he served with the 24th PT Squadron of the 17th Fleet in the Pacific theater.

Gene retired in February of 1986 with more than 40 years of service with the Westinghouse Company in Mansfield, where he worked primarily in the corox department.

He was a member of Berean Baptist Church, and served the congregation as a greeter. An amateur astronomer, he enjoyed vegetable gardening and writing. Many of his humorous poems and stories were published in a book “The Wit & Wisdom of Gene Pickens.”

He is survived by his wife Irene M. (Sipes) Pickens, whom he married May 27, 1946; five children and their spouses Linda and Bob Miller of Sanford, Florida, Ed and Deb Pickens of Mansfield, Dennis and Barbara Pickens of Muncie, Indiana, Mary and Art Moore of Crestline, and Bob and Adriana Pickens of Aurora, Illinois; thirteen grandchildren and their spouses Robert and Lori Miller of Sanford, Florida, Sondra and Shawn Bruce of Milton, Kentucky, Lea and Darin Kissell and Jon and Trish Pickens all of Ripley, Tennessee, Wendy Pickens of Port Arthur, Texas, Claire Pickens and Zach Pickens both of Columbus, Addie Pickens of Mansfield, Chris Leedy of Madison, Wisconsin, Mickey Moore of Lucas, Bob Pickens, Jr. of Chicago, Illinois, Leticia Pickens of Champaign, Illinois, and Macy and Jesse Romero of Miami Beach, Florida; ten great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law Hubert “Chuck” and Kathaleen Pickens of Mansfield; a sister and brother-in-law Peggy and Paul Ludwig of Mansfield; and nieces and nephews.

IN addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters Mary Eloise Pickens and Marjorie Harvey and two brothers Richard Pickens and Warren Pickens.

Friends may call Thursday November 14, 2002 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The service celebrating his life will be held Friday at 11 am in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield. The Rev. David J. Pound will officiate. Entombment will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park Mausoleum, with military honors by the Richland County Joint Veterans Council.

Memorial contributions to the WWII Veterans War Memorial in Washington, D.C. may be made at the funeral home.