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Michael Pickus
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This is the best legal and political non-fiction thriller you will read all year.

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Herman 'Buddy' Pickus January 08, 2012 Aberdeen News

Aberdeen: Funeral services for Herman “Buddy” Pickus, 81, of Aberdeen will be 1 p.m. today, January 8, 2012 at Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory, 1708 8th Ave. NE. Dr. Stanley Altman will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Park.

Buddy died Friday, January 6, 2012 at his home - “It was a damn fine ride.”
Herman Pickus, son of Herman and Corinne (Wetherhorn) Pickus was born January 18, 1930 in Aberdeen. This is where he grew up, graduating from Central High School with the class of 1948. He went on to college and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1952 as a “Roads Scholar.” He was drafted into the United States Army serving during the Korean War and later honorably discharged.

He married Gail Hamilton on October 10, 1953 in Chicago, IL. They raised their three boys, Michael, David and Jonathan in Aberdeen.

Over the next three decades, they transformed the Pickus Construction Company his father started into a thriving asphalt business, selling it in 1980 and retiring. He then became a dedicated Apple Mac aficionado.

Honest, never ducking an argument, practical joker, lover of charred food and improvised jazz sessions, life-long golfer, he could also fix anything from tractors and cars to relationships. Buddy was the ultimate provider.

He was a member of B'Nai Isaac Synagogue and a past President, also a past President of Aberdeen Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Gail, three sons, Michael (Sharon Eubanks) Pickus of McLean, VA, David (Leslie) Pickus of Boerne, TX and Jonathan (Debra) Pickus of Fairfax, VA, one sister, Leone Paradise of Pittsburgh, PA and nine grandchildren.

His parents preceded him in death.

Casket bearers will be Michael Pickus, David Pickus, Jonathan Pickus, Dr.
Stanley Altman, Adam Altman and Dan Fritz.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to North Plains Hospice.

Dave’s Eulogy:

Thank you all for coming today, wow, we are overwhelmed. It’s funny you know, as Dad didn’t like most of you.

Dear Dad,

Thanks for the wonderful life. No one has had a better one.

I remember the surface memories; you remember the family trips, in the family station wagon. “How much longer, are we there yet”. You announced to us, as you were eating bananas while driving, “you know Johnny Appleseed, well I am Buddy Banana Peel,” as he through the peel out the open windows. I remember the Viking games you used to take us to.

Remember the Saturday night dinners with the Fritz’s, Maloney’s McDermott’s, Noble’s, and Graeber’s. All the joking etc., these were the life lessons we learned those evenings.

Dad you were Brutally Honest, Hardworking, Generous, obscenely so, and your sense of humor got us through many times.

Those things were part of your fabric, and hopefully we absorbed your qualities, and have passed them on to our children.

The one lesson that I am still learning is Success is not measured by your Bank Account, but by your family. I am still learning that one.

Vaya Con Dios.

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My mother is at the 10-15 second mark of this YouTube video:
A Class Act - Oz Day Tripper Aberdeen Commercial

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Bookmark this link for the next time you are in Washington, DC.
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