Thomas Charles “Tom” Pickett

June 05, 1937 ‒ October 10, 2009

Marion, Ohio

Thomas Charles “Tom” Pickett, age 72, of Marion, died Saturday, October 10, 2009.

On June 5, 1937, Tom was born in Marion, the son of the late Glenn and Mildred (Holland) Pickett. He graduated from Claridon High School in the Class of 1957.

After graduation, Tom began working until drafted by Uncle Sam into the U.S. Army, where he served as a Sergeant and was stationed in Germany.

Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Tom was visiting a fellow soldier in Michigan when he was set up on a blind date with Karen Noecker. After a successful blind date, Tom and Karen continued dating for three years long distance until they married on May 20, 1967, in her hometown of Dowagiac, Michigan. Together they have shared over forty two wonderful years of marriage.

A lifelong resident of Marion County, Tom returned from the service and began working as a press operator for the Eaton Corporation. After thirty four years of dedicated work, he retired in 1997.

With his grandchildren being his pride and joy, Tom loved spending as much time with them as he could. Every opportunity he could, he would teach them life lessons whether they were interested yet or not. Tom also loved making gifts for them, with their two large doll houses being his granddaughter’s favorite gifts.

Tom will be dearly missed by his wife, Karen Pickett of Marion; a daughter, Jodi (Todd) Pettett of Marion, and their two daughters: Riley and Sydney; a son, Dan (Cathryn) Pickett, and their twin sons: Keegan and Charles “Charlie” Pickett; a brother, Robert “Bob” Pickett of Sunbury; three sisters: Betty Thomas of Caledonia, Martha (Carl) Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona, and Grace Snowden of San Diego, California; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special family friend, Charlotte Rowe of Marion.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by three brothers: John “Jack”, Glen Dean, and James W. Pickett.

The Pickett family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2009, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, where services celebrating his life will follow immediately at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, ATTN: Tribute Gifts, Church Street Station, P. O. Box 780, New York, New York 10008-0780.