John Merrill Pickell
80, died January 8, 2013 at his home in Zionsville. John was born on July 22, 1932, in Dayton, Ohio to his parents, Claude Emerson and Alice Irene Grundy Pickell, who precede him in death. He was also preceded in death by three of his siblings, Patricia Pickell Oxley, and his twin brothers, Robert and Richard. John graduated from Royerton High School in Muncie and studied Agriculture at Purdue University. He married the love of his life Thelma Helen Coggins Pickell February 14th, 1952 and moved to Zionsville in 1956.
A devoted husband and father, John and Thelma raised eight (8) children all who survive them; John Jr., Stewart (Judy), Beth Fuson, Cinda Staser (Scott), Suzanne Masten (Skip), Sam (Kim), Andy (Ericka), and Laura McHale (Sean). John is also survived by his sister, Nancy Pickell Madigan, and the 18 grandchildren Thelma and he were blessed with.
He worked for Rock Island Refinery for 37 years, was president of the local OCAW for many years, and was a farmer. A man of deep faith, John was a member of the St Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister, Facilities Manager, and Parish Council member.
As a long time cancer survivor, John was passionate in volunteering his time in Zionsville's Relay for Life and its Survivor's Celebration. He "enjoyed his faith" which his friends and his family loved that about him. John lived his life from a simple plan and mantra "Family First". He was loved and revered by many and will be missed by all of the people who were fortunate enough to have known him.
Visitation will be Friday, January 11, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church, 1870 W. Oak St., Zionsville. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated following the visitation Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the PZAZ Memorial Tree Fund, Town of Zionsville, 1100 West Oak Street, Zionsville, IN 46077 in loving memory of John M Pickell.
You are invited to offer your condolences, share a memory of John, or view a video tribute of his life at http://www.flannerbuchanan.com Arrangements have been entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan - Zionsville .