Ernest "Ernie" H. Picker

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January 29, 1925 - November 10, 2019
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

  • Visitation: Baue Funeral & Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay, 63301
    • Thursday November 14, 2019 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Funeral Service: Baue Funeral & Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay, 63301
    • Thursday November 14, 2019 11:30am
  • Interment: St. Charles Memorial Gardens
    • Thursday November 14, 2019

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Ernest "Ernie" H. Picker, of Saint Charles, MO, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the age of 94. Loving husband of DeLores Picker and his first wife, the late Gloria C. Picker; beloved son of the late Ernst and Anna Picker; and stepfather of the late Joan Williams; devoted father of Randal (Gretchen) Picker and Christine (Jeff) Rothchild; stepfather of Rick (Kathy) Rodamaker, Deanna (Richard "Dick") Orf, Mark (Cathy) Rodamaker, Susan (Gary) Williams, Janet (Brad) Mills, John (Michelle) Rodamaker, David Rodamaker, Donna (Marty) McDermott, and Doug (Sandra) Rodamaker; stepfather-in-law of Emmett "George" (Tami) Williams; cherished grandfather of Adam, Ben, Emma, Jacob, Rachel, Jeremy, Jeffrey, Rebekah, Rhiana, Amy, Kelly, Meghan, Marty, Holly, Carrie, Matt, Stephanie, Staci, Jennifer, Jill, Adam, Graham, Annie, Emily, Lyndee, Zach, Nicole, Mariah, Dylan, Ally, Nathan, and Maggie; treasured great-grandfather of Braeden, Logan, Evan, Brooklyn, Corrine, Camille , Rob, Max, Calvin, Hailey, Aiden, Taylor, Maranda, Ethan, Carter, Emma, Harper , Jackson, Joleigh, Gracie, Ava, Nolon, Chloe, Lily , Archer, Ryker, Griffin, Easton, Julie, Tyler, Levi, Evelyn, Avery, Sophie, Aria, and Bentley.

Ernie was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 29, 1925 to Ernst and Anna Picker.  Ernie was an only child and grew up in Warden, Illinois.  He enlisted in the US Naval Service the day before his 18th birthday on January 28, 1943.  Ernie was called to active service on November 1, 1943 and spent the next 2 years and 3 months serving his country proudly.

After receiving his honorable discharge from the US Naval Service in February of 1946, Ernie returned to his birth place of St. Louis, Missouri, where he received his Bachelors of Business degree from Washington University.  Ernie went to work for Firestone in St. Louis where he held the position of Salesman.  He was eventually promoted to a position at the Firestone headquarters in Akron, Ohio, where he helped Firestone transition into the computer age with some of the first computers developed by IBM.  He then transferred into Consumer Affairs and ended his career with a position in Finance.  Ernie retired from Firestone at age 58.

Ernie met his wife Gloria Cluney who was from St. Charles, Missouri.  Gloria was a school teacher when they first met.  They married on August 5, 1951 and had two children, son, Randal and daughter, Christine.  Ernie and Gloria were married 39 years before Gloria's passing on February 2, 1990.

Ernie then spent time getting to know other widowers and widows through the Baue sponsored Coping and Living Life (CALL) Group, where he met Dee Rodamaker in late 1994.  Ernie proposed to Dee in December of 1995 and they married in a beautiful ceremony on March 2, 1996 with all of their children as attendants.  Ernie and Dee were together for 23 wonderful years.

Ernie enjoyed spending time golfing, bowling and traveling the world with Dee for the next several years.  Ernie and Dee also enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels where they made many friends along the way.  When staying home in St. Peters, Missouri, Ernie enjoyed spending time with his new blended family, keeping up on world news and politics as well as doing crossword puzzles. Ernie was also a faithful member of Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church in St. Peters.

Ernie was a wonderful man with a quick wit and great sense of humor.  He loved life and his family, especially his 32 Grandchildren and 36 Great-Grandchildren.  He lived a very healthy, happy life and was fortunate and blessed to live 94 years.  Ernie will be deeply missed by many and loved forever.  May he rest in peace.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Ernie's name to the American Heart Association.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Barb Booth November 12, 2019 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Ernie was member of the senior bowling league at Frontier for years. He & his wife were a joy to be around. They also had great team mates, John & Dorothy Kopp.

  2. Faith Leonard November 12, 2019 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Dear Donna and Family,

    I am sorry for your loss and am praying for your comfort and peace during this sad time.

  3. Eric Doksa November 12, 2019 at 11:42 am - Reply

    candle 6I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of Ernie. Thinking of all of his family and friends during this difficult time.

  4. Christy Abend November 12, 2019 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    candle 8Donna,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your step-father. Will be thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort during this time.

  5. Marty & Donna McDermott November 13, 2019 at 10:08 am - Reply

    candle 3The Rodamaker Family had the great honor and privilege of spending the past 25 years with Ernie in our lives. He was a wonderful caring man who filled our lives and my mother’s life with great joy and happiness. He was a wonderful husband to our dear mother and the best grandfather to our children and our children’s children. Ernie will be deeply missed by each and every one of us.

    Ernie was a brilliant man, who had a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. He was very proud of his entire family, his 32 Grandchildren and 36 Great-Grandchildren. May he Rest In Peace.

    Marty, Donna, Nicole, Mariah, Dylan & Ally McDermott along with Grandchildren Sophie & Aria Woods

  6. Alice Chen November 13, 2019 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Dear Christy and Randy and families: I am so sorry for your loss. I have many great memories of your dad’s always friendly and big personality welcoming me into your Akron home growing up. He has continued to send me a Christmas card every year. I was glad that he had so many happy years with Dee after your mom passed.

  7. Tami Williams November 13, 2019 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Ernie will be missed by so many, myself included. I will forever cherish our talks about marrying into a huge family when we both came from a very small one. I will never see a crossword puzzle and not think about Ernie and his love for them and how he always had one going on his living room table. When I see Hee Haw on TV, I think of him and how he and Dee watched it every night while he had a bowl of ice cream. He was SOOO proud of his family and we all knew that from each and every birthday, anniversary card we received every year without fail and that was ALOT of names and cards to remember. He and Dee never forgot a name or a birthday. They made a beautiful couple and I am honored that I got to witness it and be part of it. I will cherish these memories. RIP – You really were 1 in a million.

  8. Rick & Barb Porter November 13, 2019 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Ernie and Gloria, Randy and Christine were close friends during their/our years in Akron. We all attended Grace Lutheran Church. Gloria was our son’s teacher in second grade. We kept in touch with Ernie after he moved back to Missouri, including at least a Christmas card and note every year. He was a dear Christian friend. He obviously loved his second family as much as he loved his first. We are grateful to God for including him in our lives. Blessings to Ernie’s family!!

  9. Mark Rodamaker Family November 13, 2019 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Ernie brought balance, humor, business knowledge and much joy to our family. Our family being Mark, Cathy, Marty, Holly, Craig and Gracie and Scott.. He was always happy to see us and showed such a warm heart. Ernie would inquire about our daily lives and routines of family members to see what updates he may have missed. Such a smart and caring man that he seemed to know each so personally and care about our lives. We will miss him greatly and will think about him often. Love and peace in heaven.

  10. Laura George November 14, 2019 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Randy and Christy,

    Our sincere condolences to you and your families. We have fond memories of your father (and mother) from our years at Grace Lutheran. Peace and Love – Jim & Mary Kay Aberth, Dave Aberth, Laura Aberth George

  11. Deanna Orf & family November 15, 2019 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Ernie I have been pondering for days now of how to share the happiness & joy I have received in knowing you for the last 24yrs.
    I have had the privilege & great joy of witnessing the love, compassion, fun & joy that you and my mother have shared. You have both taught me and my family so much by your example during this time but even more so in the past 4yrs as I was able to spend more time with you. The Lord healed me so I could help take care of you starting the lady 2wks of July thru Nov 8th. I was the one who was “Blessed” in having known & loved you! You were always such a sweet & loving man who had to call me and thank me every time you received a card from me. Godspeed Ernie; pray for me & I hope you’re up there batting those beautiful blue eyes in heaven😇❤️

  12. Dale Wakefield February 17, 2020 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I just learned recently of Ernie’ passing. I works with Ernie at Firestone many years ago. We stayed in touch over the years and I am sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy to the family. If possible I would like to hear from Dee or Randy.

    Fair Winds and Following Seas. RIP Shipmate. You are relieved. We have the watch!

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