John Roy Pickering

February 02, 1924 ‒ March 14, 2008

Columbus, Ohio

John Roy Pickering, 84, of Galion, died Friday, Mar. 14, 2008 at the home of his daughter, after a five month illness.

Born Feb. 12, 1924 in Columbus, he was the son of the late Elijah Roy Pickering and Jessie Nicholls Pickering. He married Alice Edna Meek Pickering on June 15, 1948 who survives.

A graduate of Galion High School in 1942, John attended Ohio State University and enjoyed his role as a loving husband, father and grandfather. A long time member of Galion Lodge 414 Free and Accepted Masons, he pursued fishing and gardening and was a fan at Northmor High School football and basketball games.

John worked 25 years at Galion-Hercules as a purchaser and later at Perfection-Cobey Co. Following his retirement from Sieferd-Hosselman in Bucyrus, John and his wife, Alice, owned and operated the Big Four General Store and Columbus Street General Store in Galion.

Also surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Monte Fried of Galion; two daughters-in-law, Marcia Pickering of Mt. Gilead and Cheryl Pickering of Galion; 11 grandchildren, Amy Buzard, Jared, Travis and Carrie Pickering, Tolly Brockbader, Nathan, Paul and Alyssa Pickering, Haley Johnson and Blair and Clinton Whitaker; three great grandchildren, Jason Brockbader, Brenya Johnson and Madison Pickering and three sisters and one brother-in-law, Vee TyRee of Galion, Carol Arter of Crestline and Sandie and Ron Baker of Galion and a brother-in-law, Ron Saum of Lordstown.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Frederick and Timothy Pickering, one grandson, Todd Pickering and two sisters, Connie Saum and Marilyn Pickering.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2008 with Rev. Paul Walter officiating. Burial will follow in Iberia Cemetery. Masonic services will be conducted by Galion Lodge 414 F. & A. M. at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the HomeCare Matters, P.O. Box 327, Galion, OH 44833.