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Pickup, Dana - Wellsville  
Dana R. "Ronnie" Pickup Jr. WELLSVILLE - Dana R. "Ronnie" Pickup, Jr., 73, of Wellsville and Venice, Fla., passed away Tuesday (May 24, 2016) at Transitions Hospice Home in Raleigh, N.C. He was surrounded by his family as his battle with multiple myeloma came to a peaceful conclusion. He was born Feb. 7, 1943, in Savannah, Ga., a son of the late Dana R. and Elizabeth (Jenks) Pickup. Dana graduated from Wellsville High School in 1961, lettering in three sports and serving as student council president his senior year. A star quarterback in high school, he went on to play for the Penn State Nittany Lions, playing in the Gator Bowl in 1962. While at Penn State, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, during which time he established many lifelong bonds with friends that continue to this day. In 1966, he earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, after which time he served with the U.S. Army in Korea. After his return from overseas duty, he practiced as a certified public accountant at his father's family business in Wellsville. In 1980, he purchased Cuba Specialty Manufacturing Co. of Fillmore, a maker of minnow traps and other fishing tackle equipment. He successfully ran and expanded the business until his retirement. He served as president of the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association, an industry trade organization, from 1989 to 1990. During his tenure, he had the opportunity to host a fishing trip with President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush at Grand Teton National Park. He also served on the President's Advisory Board at Houghton College in Allegany County. As a youth, he spent summers at Brentwood Camp, eventually serving as a counselor, and continued to support the camp for years after. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, golf, and was an avid hot-air balloonist, piloting the Bloody Mary balloon over the skies of Western New York. He was a member of the Jaycees in Wellsville and enjoyed hosting clambakes and organizing road rallies. He was a Rotarian and a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge. He had a strong faith and was a member of the Englewood United Methodist Church in Englewood, Fla., and the Presbyterian Church of Wellsville in Wellsville. Dana is survived by his wife, Patti; his brother, Bob, and sister-in-law, Linda, of Gulfport, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Lance and Tresa Pickup, of Raleigh; daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Jimmy Leonida of Raleigh; daughter and son-in-law, Danielle and John Quiocho of Cary, N.C.; step-son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Christy Willard, of Greenville, Del.; step-daughter, Brittany Willard, of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; grandchildren, Alec and Collin Pickup, Kieron and Kennedy Leonida, Cooper and Maximilian Quiocho, and Jack and Grace Willard; his goddaughter, Caitlain Lewis Clary; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to visit the family Thursday (June 2, 2016) from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State St., Wellsville. The funeral will be Friday, (June 3, 2016) at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 79 Madison St., in Wellsville. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State St., Wellsville, NY 14895, or to Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, N.C. ( transitionslifecare.org/donate. ) To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on May 28, 2016
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