WARSAW- Robert Lee (Bob) Pickens Sr, 70, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2023 at Stillwater Hospice in Fort Wayne, Indiana after a long battle with Dementia.

Bob, the son of the late Elmer and Mary (Chaney) Pickens, was born on September 1, 1952 in Athens, Ohio. He graduated from Southern High School in Racine, Ohio in 1970.

Bob joined the Army in 1970 alongside his best friend Charles (Chuck) Mugrage.  He was in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1970-1973.  He loved to talk about his days of jumping out of planes.

On January 23, 1973, Bob married Rebecca (Donna) Carroll of Racine, Ohio.  They moved to Etna Green, Indiana in 1973 . Two years later they made Warsaw their home where they raised two children. This year marked their 50th Wedding Anniversary. 

Bob worked at LSC for 44 years as a Hoistman.  He was a hard working husband and father that would put in 12 hours shifts/7 days a week for months straight.  He retired from LSC in 2017.  He enjoyed manicuring his five acre property and reading.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Mickie, and two brothers, Bill and Steve.

He was survived by his wife, Donna Pickens; by a son, Robert Pickens Jr, and a daughter, Robin Pickens both of Warsaw, Indiana; a sister, Nancy (Chuck) Anderson of Mason, West Virginia; two brother, Roger (Norma) Pickens of Point Pleasant, West Virginia and James Pickens of Pomeroy, Ohio; Four Grandchildren Shelby Pickens, Alec Pickens, Kiersten Gagnon, and Allie Pickens; and four Great Grandchildren: Bentley, Carter, Devora, and Anakin. 

Bob’s wish was to be donated to science.  These wishes were granted by partnering with ScienceCare.  A celebration of life will take place at a later date in Meigs County, Ohio.