2015-09-15 / Obituaries

Max Byrd Pickel, 81


Max Byrd Pickel Max Byrd Pickel Max Byrd Pickel, 81, of Bainbridge, passed away on Wednesday September 2, 2015.

Max was born on January 30, 1934 in Carpentersville, Indiana to Glenn O. Pickel and Ruth E. Byrd Pickel.

He was a 1952 graduate of Roachdale High School. After graduation, Max served his country in the US Army from 1956 until 1958.

Max was a 52 year member of Roachdale Christian Church, where he had served as a deacon; and was a member of Roachdale Lodge #602 F. & AM. He was also a past member of the Russellville Order of the Eastern Star.

His auctioneering career started at the age of 16 years, when he cried his first auction. Over the years Max had been the owner of the Montgomery County Sales Pavilion, owned and operated Max Pickel Auctioneering and Realty. Well known in the Tri County area, Max cried many farm, household, and livestock auctions.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Mark Pickel and an infant sister, Glenna Pickel.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Lelah M. Pickel, whom he married on August 5, 1962 in Bedford, IN; three children, Ruth Taylor and husband Mike of Russiaville, IN; JoEllen Luxton and husband Rob of Milton, GA; and Boyd Pickel and wife Jennifer of Roachdale; and eight grandchildren, Lauren Taylor, Carter Taylor, Hannah Luxton, Addison Luxton, Shelby Luxton, Max Andrew Pickel, Aaron Pickel, and Isaac Pickel.

A Celebration of Max’s Life including Masonic Rites and Military Honors will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 2 P.M. at the Roachdale Christian Church, 1 North Walnut Street, Roachdale, with Melvin Ford officiating. Directly after, please join Max’s family in honoring him and sharing memories as his Celebration of Life continues at dinner at the church. The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 19, 2015 beginning at 11 A.M. at the church.

Memorials in Max’s name may be directed to the Putnam County Community Foundation, 2 South Jackson Street, Greencastle, IN 46135 for the benefit of the Putnam County 4-H General Scholarship fund or the North Putnam Community School Scholarship fund; or to the Roachdale Christian Church, 1 North Walnut Street, Roachdale, IN 46172.

Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.

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