Charles Pickett, 85, of Bellevue, passed away Monday night, Nov. 5, 2007, in his home of 75 years.
He was born July 21, 1922, in Clyde. He graduated from Margaretta High School in 1941 where he was sports editor for the Margaretta News, kept stats for the basketball team, and covered Margaretta sports for the Sandusky Register. As a senior he received the 1941 Michigan Honor Trophy Award. After graduation, and on the death of his father, he took over the operation of the Pickett family cherry farm. He retired in 1994 after 53 cherry seasons. He was married to Marjorie (Black) Pickett for 47 years. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and their many friends.
The Pickett family joined the Castalia United Church of Christ in 1934. Charles served on many church boards, and was the building chairman in 1960 when the new addition was built. He enjoyed singing in the choir for 62 years. He served two terms as a Groton Township Trustee, and was on the committee for the Groton Township Bicentennial.
Charles had been an active member of the Castalia Lions Club for 33 years. In 2006, he was selected to receive the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He was a volunteer with the Sandusky Merry Go Round Museum for 10 years. He served on the Erie County Community Foundation, and the Erie County Republican Party. He was an avid Margaretta sports fan since high school. Hundreds of athletes were given photographs taken by Charles. In 2006, Charles was inducted into the Margaretta Sports Hall of Fame. He was the Grand Marshal of the 2006 Cold Creek Festival Parade.
He is survived by son, John (Bonnie) Pickett of Bellevue; a daughter, Mari Kathryn (John) Hafera of Potomac, Md.; two sisters, Dorothy (James) Walker of Sandusky and Eileen Detlefsen of Bellevue; three grandsons, Paul (Nissi) Pickett of Farmington Hills, Mich. John Charles Hafera of San Francisco, Calif., and Joseph Nikolai Hafera of San Diego, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie in 1994; and his parents.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, and 5-8 p.m. Friday in Ransom Funeral Home, 610 S. Washington St., Castalia. The Castalia Lions will conduct memorial services at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Congregational U.C.C., 205 Main St., Castalia. Pastor John Paputza will officiate. Burial will be in the Deyo Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Congregational U.C.C.; the Castalia Lions Club; or the Margaretta Boosters Club.