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Vernon Pickering, 79
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017


Vernon J. Pickering, 79, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly Monday, December 4, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. The family greeted friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, December 8, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral services followed at noon at the funeral home on Friday officiated by Reverend Becky High. Burial took place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Vernon was born June 5, 1938, in Sumner, Iowa, the son of William and Tena (Schrage) Pickering. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1956. On June 29, 1958, Vernon was united in marriage to Caryl Fridley in Sumner. He was a longtime employee of NCR as a field service technician. Vernon was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Caryl Pickering of Marion; children, Vickie (Bill) Ozburn of Lisbon, Mitch (Janet) Pickering of Marion, Tracy Pickering of Marion, Christy (John) Sevening of Robins, Stacy Pickering of Marion, and Jeremy (Melissa) Pickering of Cedar Rapids; 13 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; son, Brian; and brother, James.

Memorials may be directed to Mercy Dialysis at Mercy Medical Center Foundation, 701 10th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403 or at www.mercycare.org

Please share a memory of Vernon at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.
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