The Ottumwa Courier


November 14, 2012

Elmer Pickens, 95, Queen City, Mo.

QUEEN CITY, MO. — Elmer Woodrow Pickens, 95, of Queen City, Mo., passed away Nov. 9, 2012, at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

Elmer was born in Glenwood, Mo., on Nov. 16, 1916, the 11th child of Joe and Talitha Maude (McAninch) Pickens. On May 15, 1944, he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Tharp, and to this union six children were born.

Elmer graduated with the Glenwood High School class of 1936. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942 and received a medical discharge in 1943. They moved to Queen City in 1953 and resided there for the remainder of their lives. He worked for a propane company for 21 years and made many acquaintances across northern Missouri. He went to work for the Burroughs Corporation in Kirkville in 1973 and retired from there 8 1/2 years later. However, he continued to work part time at various jobs for many years. He served as town marshal, mayor and city councilman for several terms. Because of his service to the city, the council voted to rename the street south of his home Pickens Drive in his honor.

He loved his God, country and family and lived what he believed. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, Cardinal baseball, playing basketball with the young people and helping his neighbors. He was a member of the Church of Christ, and the Congregation of Orleans near Moulton was his church family. Elmer was a member of the Schuyler County American Legion Post 784.

He is survived by his six children, Sharon (Leon) Garrison of Queen City, Mo., Stanley (Diana) Pickens of Kirksville, Mo., Fred Pickens of Warrenton, Mo., Roberta (Greg) Meyer of Ottumwa, Doris (Dale) Randolph of Corydon and Steve (Janet) Pickens of Branson, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Elmer was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 58 years; a granddaughter in infancy; daughter-in-law, Sue Pickens; brothers, Lee, Bert, Joe and John; sisters, Ollie Collier, Merle Gordy, Edna Followwell, Olga Stober, Dolly Foglesong and Delorse Clay; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 12 at the Dooley Funeral Home in Queen City, Mo.; with Pastor Jerry Weller officiating. Music was provided by Vanessa Weller and Becky Dalrymple. Burial with military rites was in the Glenwood Cemetery in Glenwood, Mo.

Pallbearers were Mark Pickens, Scott Pickens, Eric Randolph, Shawn Randolph, Lance Randolph and Geoff Meyer.

Honorary bearers were Logan Garrison, Brandon Pickens, Roy Noe, Ross Noe, Matthew Pickens, Jaxson Meyer, Isaac Eaton, Chad Anderson, Nolan Randolph, Colin Randolph, Jeremiah Mische, Joshua Mische and Seth Mooney.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Orleans Church of Christ.

Text Only
  • Corey Moore -M Corey Moore BLOOMFIELD — Corey Lane Moore, 39, of Bloomfield, died July 30, 2014, at his home surrounded by family. He was born Nov. 25, 1974, in Fairfield to Richard Dean and Pamela Sue Eddy Moore. He graduated from Davis County High School in 1993 and went to

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nadine Van Maanen OSKALOOSA — Nadine Van Maanen, 90, of Oskaloosa died July 31, 2014, at the Oskaloosa Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel; Pastor John DeBoef of the What Cheer Hilltop Chapel. B

    August 1, 2014

  • Father William Ott Father William Ott OTTUMWA — Father William Richard Ott, SJ, passed peacefully from this Earth on July 15, 2014, at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha, Nebraska. Dick was born July 6, 1942, to William (Billy) and Martha Ott in Ottumwa. He attended St. Patrick's El

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thomas Clawson OTTUMWA — Thomas Rex Clawson, 74, of Largo, Florida, joined our father in Heaven July 22, 2014, at Largo Medical Center in Florida. He was born Nov. 4, 1939, to Lloyd Clawson and Mary (Ruth) Clawson. Thomas was a retired truck driver. He also worked

    August 1, 2014

  • Francis Blasi BLOOMFIELD — Francis M. Blasi, 79, of Macomb, formerly of Bloomfield and Pulaski, died July 31, 2014, at his home. He was born on June 28, 1935 in Bloomfield, the son of Lois Velma Francis and Charles Walter Blasi. Cremation rites have been accorded.

    August 1, 2014

  • 0801 OTT obit Royce Hem photo -T -M Royce Hem OTTUMWA — Royce W. Hem, 76, formerly of Ottumwa, died at 8:35 p.m. July 30, 2014, at the Carlisle Care Center in Carlisle. He was born July 12, 1938, in Ottumwa to Fred and Margaret Hartley Hem. He married Marion Cleone Christy on December 20, 1959.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Daniel Willcoxson BLOOMFIELD — Daniel Lynn Willcoxson was born Feb. 1, 1947, in Ottumwa to John and Violet Gordy Willcoxson and passed away July 30, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Danny was close to his family and spent many years

    July 31, 2014

  • 0731 OTT obit Patrick Jurgensen photo -T -L -M Patrick Jurgensen ALBIA — Patrick Alan Jurgensen, 31, of Gretna, Nebraska, passed away July 15, 2014, at Creighton University Hospital due to injuries from an accident.Patrick was born on Oct. 13, 1982, in Des Moines, to Dan and Kris Sulentic Jurgensen. He was a 2001

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 OTT obit Donald Townsend photo -T -L -M Donald Townsend BLAKESBURG — Donald Ray “Don” Townsend, 77, of Blakesburg, passed away July 29, 2014, under the care of Monroe County Hospice at his home in Blakesburg. Don was born Oct. 13, 1936, in Monroe County to Arthur Raymond and Clara Elizabeth (McAllister) T

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 OTT obit Buddy Jones photo -T -M Buddy Jones OTTUMWA — Gary L. “Buddy” Jones, 80, of 933 W. Mary St., went to be with the Lord on July 30, 2014, at Ottumwa Regional Health Center after complications from his longtime battle with Sjogrens vasculitis. He was born March 17, 1934, in Shenandoah, Io

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

AP National