George John Pickel

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Pickel, George John

Made his way home on July 19, 2014 at 11:10 p.m. to be reunited with his parents and loved ones in Heaven after complications following a stroke the week previous at the age of 67. George was born on December 1, 1946 in Elmira, NY to Henry August Pickel and Helen Marguerite (Adamovich) Pickel. He was the eldest of four children that included siblings: sister, Kathleen Holden, brother, Henry David Pickel and sister, Julie Hand. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 35 years, Joyce (Gardner) Pickel and also by his children whom he cherished so deeply: William F. DePree and wife Emily DePree who provided him with three beautiful grandchildren: Colby Daniel, Tristan Michael, and Trinity May. Also surviving him are his beloved twins: Leslie Marie Pickel (aka his "Snicker Baby") and Johnathan Henry Pickel (his "John Boy"). Additionally, he is also survived by his son, George Steven Pickel and family. George served his country with great valor and distinguished service in the face of danger and duty that drove the Vietnam conflict. He spent 10 years in the US Navy, serving on the USS Independence, the USS George C. Marshall, the USS James K. Polk, the USS Sturgeon, and possibly the most well known: The USS Forrestal. A survivor of the July 29, 1967 deadly fires on the Forrestal, George continued to serve his country aboard nuclear submarines and received a National Service Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star. He was extremely proud to have served his country via the US Navy and we are very thankful to him for his service and sacrifice. The family will welcome relatives and friends to the VAMC in Bath, NY at the Chapel on Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. His Memorial Services will follow at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating your time and resources to American veterans services in your area. He was not the first. He will not be the last. He will not be forgotten. Please remember and respect his brothers in arms that carry on in his absence. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed in George's Book of Memories at


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Sullivan's Funeral Home
365 E. Franklin St.
Horseheads, NY 14845
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Published in Star-Gazette from July 22 to July 24, 2014
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