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Robert Thomas "Bob" Pickrell, 87, Indianapolis, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017.
He was born Dec. 17, 1929, in Harvey, Illinois.
Bob graduated from the Indiana School for the Deaf in 1949, where he lettered in football. He was retired from the Indianapolis Star after 37 years of employment as a printer.
Bob was active in the Indiana Association of the Deaf, the Archibald Memorial Home, and the International Typographical Union. He was a skilled auto mechanic on dragstrip and driveway and had a lifelong love of airplanes, including R/C models. Whether he was interpreting for a friend or fixing their car, he helped those around him in many ways. Bob and Doris are blessed with a wide circle of classmates, friends and coworkers going back decades who enjoy Euchre Club and potluck meals to this day.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Doris (Spangler), children, Mike (TJ) Pickrell and Larry (Josie) Pickrell; grandchildren, Kelly Pickrell (Kevin) Turner, Todd Pickrell (Jeremy) Hilgert, Daniel Manhart, Kelly Manhart (Josh) Ring, Angelina Manhart (Adrian Hristov) Hristova, and Jane (Shane) Gosman; great-grandchildren, Cooper Allan Turner, Savana Manhart, Lilly Ring, and Alina Hristova; in-laws Jerry and Melba Spangler, Norma and Lee Gossett; nieces and nephews Diana (Frank) Heathcote, Debb (Mose) Middleton, Becky (Vince) Crary, Tom (Carol) Spangler, Tim (Dawn) Spangler, Nancy (Jeff) Baker, Lori (Andy) Eubank, Lisa (Jim) Kemp, Rick Spangler, JoeBill Pickrell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen (Linson) and Arthur Albert Pickrell, and by his brother, Bill Pickrell.
A funeral service celebrating Bob's life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, in Fisher Funeral Chapel, 1801 Chase Road, Logansport. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery, Deer Creek.
A time of visitation for Logansport family and friends will be from noon until 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral chapel.
A visitation for Indianapolis friends and family will be noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 8, followed by a service at 2 p.m. at Leppert Mortuary - Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th St., Indianapolis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
You may share memories in his guestbook and view his video tribute at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com
Published on June 6, 2017
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