Charles Fredrick “Pete” Pickle, 91, of John Day, died March 1 at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day. A graveside service was held March 6 at Canyon City Cemetery with Al Altnow officiating.
Mr. Pickle was born October 16, 1923, in Enterprise, to Albert and Minnie Pickle. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1939. Before entering the military he worked as a blacksmith apprentice. He served in the U.S Army for over three years both as a PFC and a Tec 5. While he did not serve in actual combat, he was a medical technician, and received several medals: Soldiers Medal for heroism, American Theater Service Medal, Victory Medal, European Afnzan Middle Eastern Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.
In 1946, he married Irene F. Woldridge in Dayton, Wash. They divorced in 1977 after 31 years of marriage.
In April 1977, he married Maravene Shumway in Caldwell, Idaho. She died in July 2010.
In his later years, he attended the First Christian Church until he was no longer able.
His hobbies included fishing, elk hunting, gardening, mushroom picking, and his friends and family. Charles was known for his kind gentle heart, giving ways,and will be dearly missed.
Survivors include daughter, Bessie Irene Ryder of Spring Creek, Nev.; son, Albert Pickle of John Day; stepdaughter, Annelia Riggs of Vancouver, Wash; brothers, Orlando Pickle of Pendleton and Jack Pickle of Prairie City; granddaughters, Shilo Rogerson of Bend and Shyleen Pickle of Central Point; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He is was preceded in death by his wife, Maravene Pickle; stepson, Leonard Henderson; two brothers; and two sisters.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of John Day through Driskill Memorial Chapel 241 S. Canyon Blvd. John Day, OR 97845.