SGT Frederick “Fritz” Picken 981st 71-72

Frederick “Fritz” Picken 981st 71-72 SOG at Tuy Hoa

Frederick “Fritz” Picken(1946 – 2017)

Frederick “Fritz” Picken


Frederick “Fritz” Picken born December 8, 1946 in Lansing, the son of the late Floyd Picken and Virginia Smith, passed away on March 16, 2017 at the age of 70.

Frederick served in the United States Army doing two tours during the Vietnam War and continued to serve in the Army reserve and local Lansing National Guard. He was an avid MSU sports fan.  Fritz enjoyed hunting, traveling and visiting with his friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother; Gerald Picken.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Donna Picken; Beloved dog, Rocky; brother, Robert “Bob” (Sharon Long) Picken; brother in law, David (Joan) Marx, Joseph Marx; nieces and nephews; Peter Marx, Joseph Marx Jr., Michael Marx, Nicholas Marx, Holly Pifer, Sandy Farley, Kimberly Metzger, and Jamie Van Noord.

There will be a visitation service from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.

In lieu of flowers the family request contributions may be made in memory of Fritz to MSU athletic Department.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Funeral Home

Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes
900 East Michigan Ave Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 482-1533

Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 19, 2017

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