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Charles Douglas "Doug" Pickering, 78, of Markleville, died July 17, 2017, at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis after an extended illness.
He served in the United States Marine Corps from June 1957 to April 1960.
He was born March 8, 1939, in Anderson, the son of Charles Eugene "Gene" and Ethel "Louise" (Ashby) Pickering, and graduated from Highland High School in 1957.
He was a telephone repairman in communications for AT&T, Indiana Bell, retiring from Ameritech in 1994 after 28 years.
He was a member of Friends of the Mounds, International Federation of Leather Guild and Central Indiana Leather Guild.
He wintered in Phoenix, Ariz., and worked with Habitat for Humanity in Phoenix. He was an instructor for 4-H and Boy Scout members in leatherwork. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Guild of Leatherworkers in 2011.
He is survived by his wife, Nita Joan (Eshelman) Pickering; four children, Matthew (Trisha) Pickering, of Jasonville, Ind., Kathie (John) Buell, of Anderson, Christine (John) Storms of Katy, Texas; Brian (Carrie) Pickering, of Anderson; daughter-in-law, Valerie Pickering of Connersville; 13 grandchildren, Benjamin (wife, Audrey), of Dugger, Ind., Nathaniel (wife, Autumn), of U.S. Navy, Fallon, Nev., Zebadiah and Patrick, both of Jasonville, Elizabeth of Connersville, Ind.; Laura Chappell (companion, Eddie Robbins), of Anderson, Tim (wife, Tina) Chappell, of Anderson, and Amanda Buell (companion, Randal Smith), of Kentucky; Olivia and John both of Katy, Texas; and Morgan, Lauren, and Taylor, all of Anderson; three great-grandchildren, Landon and Devon Robbins and Ethan Smith; step-mother-in-law, Thelma Eshelman, of Anderson; brother-in-law, Larry (wife, Edna) Eshelman, of Pendleton; two sisters-in-law, Rita Ashby, of Anderson, and Mary (husband, Lynn) Antrim, of Daleville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark Pickering; a grandchild, Margaret Pickering; a mother-in-law, Jeanne M. Eshelman Burk; a father-in-law, Joseph E. Eshelman; and a sister-in-law, Lori Eshelman.
Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service with Rev. Richard True officiating. Burial will follow in Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to Friends of the Mounds c/o Mounds State Park or the charity of the donor's choice.
Post online condolences at www.rozelle-johnson.com.
Published on July 18, 2017
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