Aycock at Tradition

12571 Tradition Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL


Vaud Olin PICKENS Jr.

August 17, 1925July 18, 2019

Vaud Pickens, 93 of Port St. Lucie, Florida passed away on July 18, 2019. He previously resided in Albion, Michigan and Singer Island, Florida. In 1999 he relocated to Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Vaud was born in Albion, Michigan on August 17, 1925 to the late Vaud Sr. and Ada Pickens, nee Peterson. After graduating from Albion High School in 1943, he enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Chester, a Heavy Cruiser during World War II. Following his service in the US Navy, he returned to Albion and attended Albion College. In 1961, he founded Pickens Plating Inc., which was the first business in Albion’s Industrial Park. He retired from the company in 1985 and traveled the US with his wife, Donna. Vaud enjoyed time spent with family and friends, camping, piloting his own plane, antique cars, motorcycles, golf and reading. Vaud and Donna were long time members of Duck Lake Country Club. He was an active member of many organizations, including the Elks, Albion Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and American Electroplating Society. Vaud was a founding member of the Albion Auxiliary Police Force and served on many community Boards.

Vaud was preceded in death by his wife, Donna of 71 years and their daughter, Vicki. Survivors include a son, Scott (Deb) of Michigan, grandchildren Kara Pickens of California and Tyler Pickens (April) and great grandchildren, Olin, Grace and Caroline Pickens of New Jersey.

An online guestbook is available at www.aycocktradition.com


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Vaud Olin PICKENS Jr.

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Thomas Brown

July 28, 2019

Our condolences Scotty and Patty. Our families go back a long way. " Pick" was always there to help out. Time moves on, I suppose.

LuAnn Duncan

July 26, 2019

Scott & Deb,
Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I know your many great memories with your Father are providing you comfort now.

My memories of your parents are in conjunction with when I worked at the "Club" during high school. You parents were always very pleasant and also shared their sense of humor with all of the kitchen and dining staff. How lucky you were to grow up in such a pleasant home. Tyler and Kara must have felt their warmth and fun love as well. Let your memories warm your soul.