Ralph Pickens
Ralph Pickens
Ralph Pickens, 96, Lucerne, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017, at his residence.

Born on Nov. 14, 1920, in Kewanna, he was the son of the late Frank E. and Blanche M. (Morris) Pickens. On May 23, 1943, in the Metea Baptist Church, Ralph married Ondah R. Manning. She preceded him in death on Dec. 29, 2015.

Ralph retired as a tool and die maker in 1985 after working for Logan Machine Company for 40 years. Ralph was a United States Army Veteran, serving from 1942-1946 in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was a member of Metea Baptist Church where he was a former Sunday school superintendent. Ralph was also a member of the VFW Post 3790 and American Legion Post 60, a 50-year member of the Fulton Masonic Lodge 665 and member of the Eastern Star of Royal Center 375.

Surviving are two daughters, Sheila Anthony and husband Jack, Louisville, Ky., and Raenae Overmyer and husband Carl, Rochester; six grandchildren, Matthew Anthony and wife Sydney, Louisville, Ky., David Overmyer and wife Angie, Rochester, Ben Overmyer and Leigh, Rochester, Sarah Anthony and John, Westbrook, Maine, Grace Miller and husband David, Fishers, and Hannah Goforth and husband Rich, Pittsburgh, Pa.; great-grandchildren Dawson Overmyer, Mia Overmyer, Arya Goforth, Evie Goforth, Charlotte Goforth, Naomi Miller and Titus Miller; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ralph was preceded in death by five sisters, Esther Books, Helen Smith, Mabel Burrous, Edna Annis and Opal Pickens; and six brothers, Herman, Raymond, Frank Jr., Robert, Clyde and Clifford Pickens.

A celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017, at the Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Foreman and Pastor Tyler Murphy officiating. Burial with full military graveside rites will follow in the Metea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, also in the funeral home. A Masonic service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Metea Baptist Church. Family and friends may sign Ralph's guest book online at www.gundrumcares.com.