Obituary Details

Dana R "Ronnie" Pickup

February 7, 1943 - May 24, 2016

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc.
Date:
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Time:
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Funeral

Location:
First United Methodist Church
Date:
Friday, June 3, 2016
Service Time:
11:00 AM

Cemetery

Information withheld per family request

Notes

Dana R.”Ronnie” Pickup, Jr., 73, of Wellsville, NY and Venice, FL, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Transitions Hospice Home in Raleigh, NC. He was surrounded by his family as his battle with multiple myeloma came to a peaceful conclusion. He was born February 7, 1943 in Savannah, GA, the son of the late Dana R. and Elizabeth (Jenks) Pickup.

Dana graduated from Wellsville High School 1961, lettering in three sports and serving as student council president his senior year. A star quarterback in high school, he went on to play for the Penn State Nittany Lions, playing in the Gator Bowl in 1962. While at Penn State, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, during which time he established many lifelong bonds with friends that continue to this day.

In 1966 he earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, after which time he served with the U. S. Army in Korea.

After his return from overseas duty, he practiced as a Certified Public Accountant at his father’s family business in Wellsville. In 1980, he purchased Cuba Specialty Manufacturing Company of Fillmore, NY, a maker of minnow traps and other fishing tackle equipment. He successfully ran and expanded the business until his retirement. He served as president of the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association, an industry trade organization, from 1989-1990. During his tenure, he had the opportunity to host a fishing trip with President and Mrs. George H. W.
Bush at the Grand Teton National Park. He also served on the President’s Advisory Board at Houghton College in Allegany County.

As a youth, he spent summers at Brentwood Camp, eventually serving as a counselor, and continued to support the camp for years after. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, golf, and was an avid hot air balloonist, piloting the Bloody Mary balloon over the skies of western New York. He was a member of the Jaycees in Wellsville and enjoyed hosting clam bakes and organizing road rallies. He was a Rotarian and a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge. He had a strong faith and was a member of the Englewood United Methodist Church in Englewood, FL and the Presbyterian Church of Wellsville in Wellsville, NY.

Dana is survived by his wife Patti, his brother Bob and sister in law Linda of Gulfport, FL, son and daughter-in-law, Lance and Tresa Pickup of Raleigh, NC, daughter and son-in-law Shannon and Jimmy Leonida of Raleigh, NC, daughter and son-in-law Danielle and John Quiocho of Cary, NC, step-son and daughter-in-law Todd and Christy Willard of Greenville, DE, step-daughter Brittany Willard of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, grandchildren Alec and Collin Pickup, Kieron and Kennedy Leonida, Cooper and Maximilian Quiocho, Jack and Grace Willard, his goddaughter Caitlain Lewis Clary as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to visit the family on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from
2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville, NY. The funeral will be Friday, June 3rd at 11:00 am in the First United Methodist Church, 79 Madison Street in Wellsville, NY. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or to Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, NC (transitionslifecare.org/donate). To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.
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May 27, 2016
The "Three Bucket Boys" (named by the varsity Football team) always had fun together., whenever we c: Phil-A-Buck,
How-A-Buck &
Ron-A-Buck
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May 27, 2016
The "Three Bucket Boys" (named by the varsity Football team) always had fun together., whenever we c
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May 27, 2016
The "Three Bucket Boys" (named by the varsity Football team) always had fun together., whenever we c
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May 27, 2016
The "Three Bucket Boys" (named by the varsity Football team) always had fun together., whenever we c
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May 27, 2016
The "Three Bucket Boys" (named by the varsity Football team) always had fun together., whenever we c
Posted by:
Jerry Warden
Posted on:
February 1, 2020
I served under Dana, or as I knew him, "Lieutenant Pickup" in South Korea. He was a great guy to lead Company A 13th Service & Supply Battalion, 8th Army located in Yongsan, S. Korea. I don't know why I searched for him now....I did not expect to find him by his obituary, but it saddens me more than I would have expected.
I was the company's communications NCO, and held Lt. Pickup in the highest regard. He had a slight favor for me, I think because we were both college graduates and I had taught high school before being drafted. We also were close to the same age....my birthday being Dec 24, '43.
I wish him peace with the fondest of memories and respect. God Bless you, Dana.
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Dana and Luann
Posted on:
May 31, 2016
Sorry to hear this. Please know that we are praying for you Patty that you may feel God's comfort at this time.
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Joyce Roden Barber
Posted on:
May 28, 2016
Ronnie was a "class act" in high school and having been one of his classmates, we shared many great times. We had a group named "The Disc Counts" and Ron and I were the vocalists. We performed once at a "Teen and Twenty" dance at the Country Club and I was so short I had to stand on a chair to sing into the microphone with Ronnie! Sending the entire family many blessings and prayers of comfort. He will be missed. Joyce Roden Barber
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Jackie Pickup
Posted on:
May 27, 2016
Dana had a zest for life, a smile on his face every day and a devotion for family and friends that was never ending. Every person he met was touched by his caring, positive attitude and open, loving heart. God holds you, now. You will be greatly missed but never, ever forgotten! We all love you so much!
Posted by:
Lynn Priestley
Posted on:
May 27, 2016
It seems easy to imagine that Dana and Rick Jenks, whom are cousins, are together again laughing and telling stories. And for all of us here still here, especially Patti and his family, my heartfelt condolences, it is going to lonely without him but he did live life well.
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Tiffanie Walker
Posted on:
May 27, 2016
What an absolutely beautiful tribute to such a wonderful man. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May you rest in peace and comfort now. Love, Tiffanie
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Tiffanie Walker
Posted on:
May 27, 2016
Lit a candle in memory of Dana R "Ronnie" Pickup
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Ann and John woodworth
Posted on:
May 26, 2016
It was a pleasure to meet and have lunch with Dana , Patti, Bob and Linda this winter in Florida. Our condolences to the family.
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Tresa Pickup
Posted on:
May 26, 2016
Lit a candle in memory of Dana R "Ronnie" Pickup
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Visitation

J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc.
34 W. State Street
Wellsville, NY 14895
585-593-3430
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Funeral

First United Methodist Church
79 Madison Street
Wellsville, NY 14895
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Cemetery

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