Gladstone - David E. "Dave" Pickel died on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Morristown Memorial Hospital from complications from pneumonia. He was 88.
Born in Bedminster, Dave graduated Bedminster Elementary School and Bernards High School. He was a resident of Gladstone since 1960.
Dave enlisted in the US Air Force in 1952 and served in the 97th Bomb Wing, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant.
After military service, he began a 31-year career with American Airlines as an aircraft mechanic, and later as a Flight Engineer.
After retiring, he and his wife of 67 years, Louise (the former Louise D’Ambrosio) were able to travel extensively in their motor home, and spent winters in Polk City, Florida.
In addition to his wife, Dave is survived by his son, David A. Pickel of Somerset NJ, his daughter Patricia L. Gilmore of Hellertown PA, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a nephew and a niece. He was predeceased by his brother Arthur R. Pickel and his sister Elsie M. Apgar.
Visitation will be on Sunday, October 8th from 3-6 pm and Monday, October 9th from 10-11am at Bailey Funeral Home, 176 Main Street, Peapack, NJ. Funeral Service will be held on Monday at 11am at the funeral home.