Clifford Earl Pickett Jr.
Clifford Earl Pickett Jr., age 82, of Port Huron, died Tuesday, March 11, 2013, in St. John River District Hospital in St. Clair. He was born in Port Huron on May 29, 1931, to the late Clifford E. and Helen E. Pickett; he was also predeceased by his brother, Donald, of Nebraska.
Clifford graduated from Port Huron High School in 1949 having played football for the State Champion Big Reds, and from the now SCCCC in 1951. He joined the U.S. Navy
in February, 1951, serving during the Korean Conflict
. After an honorable discharge in January, 1955, he enrolled in Michigan State University
from which he received his degree in accounting in June 1956.
On June 21, 1956, he married Charlene H. Habermehl at People's Church in East Lansing, MI. They lived in Lansing, MI, then Kalamazoo, MI, before moving to Port Huron in September 1963. Clifford was employed as an accountant at Phillips Appliance until it closed and then at Kimball Appliance until his retirement in 1996.
Clifford is survived by his wife, Charlene, and five children, Gayle E. (Earl Lankheet) Pickett, Clifford C. (Monica), Charles M. (Mary), Douglas W. (Jamie) and Stephen P. (Aurora). He is also survived by 16 grandchildren Matthew (Angelle) Pickett, Rebecca (Matthew) Reeves, Sara (Matthew) Duncan, Alexander (Becca) Pickett, Courtney Pickett, Erin (Michael) Koestler, Jessica House, Brittany Pickett, Paige Pickett, Michael (Liz) Pickett, Jessica Pickett, Ashley Pickett, Chelsea Pickett, Jonathan Pickett, Jenna Pickett and Julianna Pickett. Also surviving are 4 great-grandchildren, Madison and Grayson Reeves, Emmett Pickett and Keegan Duncan.
Clifford was an avid sports fan of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and the Michigan State Spartans football team. He enjoyed playing euchre with any of his relatives, following college football, and most of all, his grandchildren. An avid model railroader, he and Char took the grandchildren living in Michigan each summer to Huckleberry Railroad and Crossroads Village. All family members enjoyed the Pickett Family Cabin near Tawas City, which Clifford helped his father and mother build in 1958. There was lots of fun as more children were born and the grandchildren came along.
Visitation at Smith Family Funeral Home, 1230 7th St., Port Huron, Saturday March 15th at 10:00 am with service to follow at noon. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Clair County Humane Society. www.smithfamilyfuneralhome.com