George B. "Skip" Pickup, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 28, 2018.
A celebration of George's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018, from 3 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.
George Bert Pickup was born on March 5, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to George and Virginia (Sweeney) Pickup. He was a graduate of North Division High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On August 30, 1958 he was united in marriage to Shirley Lueck and four children were born to this marriage: Beth, George, Sue and Lori. Shirley preceded him in death on April 25, 1993. He later married Linda Swanson Sturtz on February 25, 2006. He added two more children to his family, Darci and Tyler.
George was a pharmaceutical sales representative for McKesson Corp. for over 40 years. He enjoyed his job very much, meeting many pharmacists that became his dear friends. He maintained contact with his coworkers and his customers for many years even after he retired.
George was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He loved watching his grandchildren's activities and was an avid Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan. He also enjoyed playing golf, bocce ball and cards, both in Maquoketa and Florida. He was a social person who loved visiting with all of his friends and family from near and far, and every gathering he was known for saying, " I love this whole atmosphere."
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Linda Pickup of Maquoketa, IA; children, Beth (Mark) Hillebrand of Maquoketa, IA, George (Cathy) Pickup of Delmar, IA, Sue (Scott) Toy of Long Grove, IL, Lori (Stuart) Swanson of Galt, IA, Darci (Kary) Becker of Maquoketa, IA, and Tyler (Katie) Sturtz of Marion, IA; 13 grandchildren, Zach Hillebrand, Tyler Hillebrand, Carolyn Pickup, George "Gus" Pickup, Adelai Swanson, Celeste Swanson, Lilian Swanson, Delia Swanson, Alex Becker, Ashley Becker, Abe Becker, Avery Sturtz, and Kendall Sturtz; two nephews, one niece and many dear friends and classmates. He was preceded his father, his mother, two sisters, a brother, his wife Shirley, and a grandchild.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a George B. "Skip" Pickup memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
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