Charles MarvinPickering, 82, of California, died June 30, 2019.
He was born Sept. 1, 1936, in Bellefontaine, a son of Marvin and JanicePickering, who had a restaurant business, the Ritz Club, where railroaders stopped to eat, cash their checks and then stay at the local YMCA.
Chuck’s grandfather was a railroad engineer for the New York Central Railroad that stopped in Bellefontaine at that time. This influenced Chuck in having an appreciation of trains throughout his life, both collecting model trains as well as taking trips on trains. Other hobbies included collecting U.S. stamps and traveling.
When he was 12 he and his family moved to California where his mother opened a restaurant on Highway 66. As an adult, Chuck received a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly Pomona and a master’s degree in education from Cal State University Los Angeles. During his high school years, he began working at grocery stores. With his college education, he began a teaching career in the Hacienda-La Puente School District and continued working part time in the market until 1980.
He married Sharon Stewart in 1981 and they have one daughter, Deanna. They lived in West Covina for many years, but retired in Palm Desert. As a hobby, they became involved in breeding and showing their miniature dachshunds, continuing this for 15 years, until moving to a retirement community near the Bay area.
Chuck leaves his wife Sharon, daughter Deanna; his brother Michael; two nephews and their families as well as his many friends. In Ohio, Chuck leaves behind his cousins, Jane Wright and Chris Winder, and their children and their families. Also, in Russels Point, Chuck leaves the Pickering cousins.
Chuck was proud to be a Mason for 53 years. Funeral services will be held at the Glendora Masonic Lodge in California on Wednesday, July 10.