Charles Wilbur Pickett, Jr. passed away at his home on Sunday, May 28, 2017. He was 79.
Charles was born on January 12, 1938 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to parents Charles Wilbur Pickett, Sr. and Marion Irene (Strong) Pickett. He married the love of his life, Emily Burzynski Pickett on June 7, 1980 at St. Mary’s Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Gaylord, Michigan.
Charles was an electrical engineer with Chrysler at the Mound Road Engine Plant in Detroit, Michigan for close to 40 years. He was in the Army and was stationed at White Sands, New Mexico. Charles attended St. Agnes & Blessed Sacrament school in Detroit and Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn. He enjoyed flying small aircrafts, golf, Formula One car racing, cooking, classical music, camping, hunting, fishing, and family activities and events.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Emily; his mother-in-law Genevie Burzynski; siblings-in-law Linette (Harold) Noa, Linda Burzynski, Pamella (Jim) Bordner, Gerald Burzynski, Timothy Burzynski, and Beverly (Mark) Mathews; many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews; and his dog Caesar. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Marion Pickett; father-in-law Joseph A. Burzynski; and brother-in-law Victor J. Burzynski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 6 at 11am at St. Mary Cathedral. Visitation will be held at Nelson Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8 with a rosary service at 7. There will also be a visitation period at St. Mary Cathedral starting at 10 and lasting until the time of services.
Contributions in Charles’ memory may be made to Beaumont Hospice and/or the St. Mary Cathedral Endowment Fund. Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734. Friends and family may leave condolences online at nelsonsfuneralhome.com.