OBITUARY

Larry Edward Pickerell

November 6, 1951April 23, 2021
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Larry E. Pickerell, 69, passed away April 23, 2021 at his home in Longmont, CO.

He was born on November 6, 1951 in Canon City, Colorado to James E. and Alice M. (Bailey) Pickerell. In 1970 Larry graduated from Longmont High School. Following high school he joined the United States Air Force and was trained as an aircraft mechanic. While in the Air Force he was stationed in Iceland and Clovis, New Mexico. Larry received several other aircraft certifications from other organizations including Colorado Aerotech. Larry’s love for aircrafts led to a lifelong career in aviation. He worked for various companies and ran his own business. In 2001 Larry finished building his own airplane. Larry’s airplane was one of his greatest accomplishments, he received several awards for it. It was even featured on the cover of Trade-A-Plane. Recently Larry worked on world class research systems on aircrafts designed to carry out atmospheric and climate research; with this he traveled around the world supporting research efforts by NASA, NCAR, UCAR, NOAA and other various government agencies of China and Thailand. Larry was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the FAA, EAA, AMA and LEAF. Larry also loved going to the mountains, restoring classic cars, and riding his bike. Larry’s patient, kind, hardworking, and optimistic personality made everyone he came in contact with feel cared for. In 1990 Larry married Debbie, the love of his life. Together they have eight children, Kenneth Gibson (Nadiya), Stefanie Floodeen (Tom Jr.), Brian Pickerell (Jen), Jamie Chandler (Kyle), Christine Armstrong (Devin), Thomas Gibson (Tarazza), Amanda Germain (Stellio), and Nikki Waring (Callum). Larry and Debbie have 37 grandchildren. Larry is preceded in death by his mother, father, brother Greg and grandchildren Miracle and Kulyn.

Larry's Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 1, 2021 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2200 11th Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 at 9:30am. A Public Visitation will be held one hour prior. Graveside Services will be invite only at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

Please join us to celebrate Larry's life through Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/98810392666 Zoom ID: 988 1039 2666

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Glioblastoma Foundation. Please visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share a memory of Larry and to leave a message for his family.

Services

  • Public Visitation

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

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  • Private Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

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Debbie Platts

May 9, 2021

Dear Debbie.
I just read that Larry has passed. I am so sorry. Yours was a match made in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Blessings

Mickey McGilvra

May 1, 2021

I had the pleasure of serving with Larry at Cannon AFB from 72-75. He was a good friend and a darn good crew chief. We will miss you. We had some good times. Till we meet again buddy. R.I.P. my friend.
"When you see the fire, pull the chocks"

Bob Leyner

May 1, 2021

Carol & I met Larry nearly 40 years ago as the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter in Boulder was starting.
shortly after that Larry gave our daughter her first aerobatic experience at an event in Meadowlake.
Fast forward a few years and Larry was maintaining aircraft in our flying club in Erie as he was starting his Family and holding down a full time job. He started a high tech aircraft facility at Longmont.
He did his best to keep us safe. He was a fixture in the Longmont flying community and will be missed

Joseph LoRusso

May 1, 2021

I got to know Larry through the aviation community. He was such a joy to work with - always smiling and always willing to help. Such a fantastic guy.

Here’s a toast..

Rex Eland

April 29, 2021

Larry has been a kind and humble man... just like the Savior.
He was always passionate about his work and gave it his all. He was a good provider for his family.
Most importantly, he drew closer and closer to the Lord over these past few years. I sense he was ready to meet his Savior. I'm sure it was a sweet embrace!

Carry on good brother... Rex Eland 😊

Alan Stewart

April 29, 2021

I first meet Larry working at Bombardier Learjet @ Denver International Airport. He was a pleasure to work with. I ran into him at Centennial Airport one day, and he showed me his project aircraft, it was a thing of beauty, as the man himself was. He will be missed.

Alan Stewart

Mike Ballard

April 27, 2021

There are those that make the world a better place,Larry was one of them.Larry was a close friend and I knew him for the last 30 years , I never saw him get angry, he was kind ,patient, and the best of fathers. You couldn’t have a better friend. When you needed help he was always there. His work on aircraft transcended maintenance and revealed him as an artist. He could not only fix anything ,but when he was finished it was beautiful. Larry, I will miss you. Mike ballard

Howard Morgan

April 27, 2021

Larry was the best of friends. We knew each other for many years and spent many hours together working on airplanes. He held me to a high standard on all of our projects which I will always cherish. Together, we earned a BRONZE LINDY award at the EAA convention at Oshkosh Wisconsin in 2006. This is an award for workmanship that is given to a small number of airplanes/people. There is around 10000 airplanes in attendance at this event and the number of this award given may be less than 25.
Larry was a fun guy to work with and we joked a lot about each other. He was the rocket man and I, 7/8th. When he asked what I was up to, the reply was 7/8ths.
I will miss him and his guidance for the rest of my life. They just don't make them like him except for Brian. Another top favorite Pickerell. Till we meet again OVER Howie

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