Pick, Arnold "Ozzie" (1926-2013)
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Arnold "Ozzie" Christian Pick, age 87, of Plymouth, WI, died July 14, 2013 at his home, as were his wishes, with his loving wife and grandson by his side.
He was born on June 23, 1926 in Willow City, North Dakota, a son to the late Christian and Esther Dreyer Pick. The family moved to Plymouth in 1927.
Arnold attended St. John Lutheran School and Plymouth High School.
He served his country during WW II in the U.S. Army from 1944-1947.
He worked for Hoffman Hardware in Plymouth for 26 years and retired after 18 years with A&P Cheese Company in Plymouth, a division of the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. Arnold also owned and operated AP Glass Repair in the Plymouth area for many years. He was also a member of the Plymouth Auxiliary Police.
On March 9, 1968, he was united in marriage to June Marie Leifer at St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth. He was a member of St. John Lutheran church his entire life and served as an usher for 30 years.
Arnold was a member of the Kettle Moraine Ski Club, Plymouth Ski Club and was a driving force behind establishing the Nutt Ski Hill in Plymouth. Arnold was a member of the Plymouth Lions Club, Cascade American Legion Post #386 and the Plymouth VFW Post #5612.
Arnold enjoyed skiing, fishing and his favorite past time, baseball. He played baseball for many teams in his life. He played on season with the 10th Infantry Army Team in Fort Campbell, Kentucky as well as many different Plymouth teams and with New Holstein of the Northern State League. He later coached and managed the Plymouth Flames for many years along with maintaining Carl Loebe Field in Plymouth. Arnold was a member of the Old Time Ball Players of Wisconsin.
Arnold along with Werner Finke had a dream of establishing a ball diamond for Pee Wee Baseball in Plymouth. With a pledge of support from the Plymouth Lions Club and the newly founded Plymouth Pee Wee Club work began on a piece of land on Valley Road in Plymouth. After much work, fundraising and support from the community and businesses in the Plymouth area, the Pee Wee Players finally had a field of their own. The next year it was dedicated as Lions Park and the Arnold "Ozzie" Pick Field. Arnold maintained this field until the age of 86. One of his biggest thrills at the field named after him was to see his grandson Steven hit a "Grand Slam" homerun in Pee Wee League play.
Arnold is survived by his wife of 45 years, June. One sister: Delores (Clyde) Dhein, Sheboygan. Three step-sons: Larry (Judi) Falk, Plymouth, Jeffrey (Carol) Falk, Sheboygan and Steven (Lena) Falk, Plymouth. One grandson: Steven Jr. (Stacy) Falk, Plymouth. One granddaughter: Courtney, Sheboygan. Two great grandsons: Adrien and Tristan Falk, Plymouth. Sister-in-laws: Marge (Patrick) Doherty, Kewaskum, Betty Klein, Athelstane, WI, Lucille (Ray) Miske, Adell, Donna (Jay) Pfrang, Plymouth, Linda (Bruce) Grassman, Shawano. One brother-in-law: Donald Leifer, Plymouth. Also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Arnold was preceded in death by his mother, father and step-father, John Kunstman. Sisters: Luella (Elroy) Dennerlein, Plymouth, Florence (James) Waterman, Plymouth, Lorraine (Marvin) Methfessel, Sheboygan, Janice (Robert) Wacha, Sheboygan. Brothers: Martin (Helen) Pick, Sheboygan, Amos (Alfrieda) Pick, Sheboygan, Edwin (Hein) Pick, Canada. One brother-in-law: Warren Klein, Athelstane, WI.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday evening (July 18) at 6:30 P.M. at St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth. Rev. John Schultz and Rev. Thomas Burton will co-officiate. Burial will be in the Greenbush Cemetery.
Friends may call at the CHURCH on Thursday from 3:00 P.M. until the time of services. The Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post #243 will conduct military rites at the church following the services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Arnold's name for the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls.
The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Haid and staff of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic, Sheboygan and to the caring hospice staff of the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice Center, Sheboygan Falls. The pastors of St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth. The many friends that visited, called, sent cards and kept Ozzie in their thoughts and prayers. Also, a special thank-you to very special friend and baseball companion, Mike Penkwitz, Plymouth.
Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services - Plymouth
1317 State Road 67 P O Box 535
Plymouth, WI 53073
Published in Sheboygan Press on July 17, 2013