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Joseph Pickering, 86

February 14, 2013

Joseph William “Joe” Pickering, 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Lima Memorial Health System.
He was born July 27, 1926, in West Alexandria, the son of Eva G. (Roach) and Karl V. Pickering, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 20, 1949, he married Joan O. Hodges, and she died Feb. 7, 2000.
Surviving are two children, Patrice L. (Safwat) Zahry, of Deltona, Fla., and Kurt Pickering, of Doraville, Ga.; four grandchildren, Shereen J. Zahry, David J. Zahry, James J. Pickering, and Jennifer L. Pickering; a great-grandson, Aiden Canale; two step-grandchildren, Robert J. (Heather) Pugh III, and Lindsey N. (Tristan) Walker; four siblings, Hazel J. Heinfeld, of Ada, Karlene E. Speicher, of Wapakoneta, Anita M. Andrew, of Celina, and Robert J. Pickering, of Celina; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Pickering, of Springville, Tenn, and Emily Jane Pickering, of St. Marys,
He was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Ayden O. Cartwright; three brothers, Francis E. Pickering, infant James R. Pickering, and Ralph E. Pickering Sr.; and two brothers-in-law, Robert G. Heinfeld and Thomas C. Andrew.
Joe worked as a metal finisher at General Dynamics, Lima. He was a 60 year member of First English Lutheran Church, and a 37 year member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 691, both of Wapakoneta. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of the Prairie View Golf Club and the AMA. The loves of his life were his wife and family, playing golf, and riding his motorcycle.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday at First English Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Steven Nelson officiating. Burial is to follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Wapakoneta.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta, 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. There will be an Eagles memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the First English Lutheran Church, or the PGA Charities. Condolences may be expressed at

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