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Hunter E. Pickens

February 4, 1927 June 19, 2011
Hunter E. Pickens
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Obituary for Hunter E. Pickens

Hunter E. Pickens of Birmingham, died June 19, 2011, at Evergreen Health & Living Center in Southfield. He was 84 years old. Hunter was born on February 4th, 1927 in Dallas, Texas. His father owned a dry cleaning plant and his mother was a stay-at-home mother. Hunter spent one year at the University of Texas in Austin before enlisting in the Coast Guard. He was assigned to medical training as a pharmacist�s mate since, at that time, he wanted to be a doctor. He was slated to be part of the force to invade Japan but did not have to go after President Truman authorized dropping the atomic bomb. He ended up treating wounded veterans at a separation center near Boston. After a year and a half in the service, he entered Southern Methodist University under the G.I. Bill and majored in Industrial Psychology, receiving a bachelors and a masters degree in the subject. He met his future wife Patsy Ruth there. He obtained a job as a paint clerk in a Ford Motor Company plant after graduating.

After marrying Pat in November 1952, they were sent to Kansas City, Missouri to a Ford plant that was in the process of converting from wartime to peacetime production. Still with Ford, they moved back to Dearborn, Michigan where they adopted a baby girl, Ann. Two years later, they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where they added their son Hunter to their family. Next came an assignment to the Ford Latin American Group and Hunter moved with Pat and his two children to Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was in Industrial Relations during the four plus years spent there. During those four years, he and Pat adopted a baby boy, William from Dallas.

The move back to the Detroit area in 1969 brought them to Birmingham where he worked in Dearborn as a labor negotiator for Ford. After five years, he and the family were transferred to Melbourne, Australia where he was the Manager of Industrial Relations for Ford Asia Pacific. Hunter, Pat & Will were sent to Mexico City so he could work in Industrial Relations for Ford Latin America. Hunter helped close the office there and move it to Dearborn, and they returned to their home in Birmingham. Hunter retired from Ford in the 1980s and became a consultant for Ford and other companies. In 2000, Pat became ill and she passed away in 2006.

When not working, Hunter liked to play golf, fish, ski, play bridge and poker, travel and spend time with friends and family.

Hunter is survived by his children, Ann (Nick Clark) Pickens-Clark, Hunter D. Pickens, and Will Pickens. He is also survived by his grandson, Alexander. Hunter is preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Ruth.

A Celebration Service will take place at First United Methodist Church, 1589 W. Maple Road, Birmingham, Saturday 11am.

Memorials may be made to charity of donor�s choice and/or give a hug to a loved one.


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