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Paul J. Pickenheim


February 26, 2020


Paul J.  Pickenheim, 85, of Danville, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Friday, February 21, 2020 at his home, surrounded by family and loved ones.  He was born 10-17-1934 in Hazleton PA, the son of the late Arthur W. and Bernice (Drasher) Pickenheim. 

Paul was married for 61 years to the late Janice Schlegel Pickenheim who preceded him in death July 9, 2019.  They were married on April 26, 1958. 

Paul graduated from Tamaqua HS Class of 1952, North Carolina State University with Honors in Forestry Management 1957 and Bloomsburg University English Teaching Certificate 1966. Paul served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army from May 1958 to May 1960 at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. 

He enjoyed various careers over the span of his working life, including that of a forest ranger in the US Forest Service in Butte, Montana, arborist for Bartlett in Darby, PA, Erie, PA and Rural NH, an English teacher with Lewisburg and Shikellamy Schools, writer and frame shop owner in Danville, PA.  

Paul had a deep interest in history, particularly that of the Civil War, World Wars, Aviation, Native American and Southwest Cultures.  He and Janice both loved Mardi Gras, Cajun music and shared an immense appreciation the Southwest, making countless trips to visit the various pueblos and immerse themselves in the culture and beauty.  They loved participating in the authentic Mardi Gras celebration in Mamou, Louisiana and did so as often as they could.         

They ventured to sites in Delaware, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, New Mexico, Colorado, and Niagara Falls (many times with their grandchildren in their company) or would often take a drive to Old Forge just for a slice of pizza.     

Most of all, Paul and Janice loved to go on adventures and explore together. From just wandering the countryside, visiting antique shops, farmer’s & flea markets and investigating any place that looked interesting.   

Paul is survived by one son, Eric Pickenheim and his wife Ellen of Danville PA and one daughter, Karen (Pickenheim) Johnston and her husband Brian Johnston of Chambersburg PA.  He is also survived by four grandchildren: Jade Pickenheim, Ian Pickenheim, Erin Johnston and Caleigh Johnston and two great granddaughters Quinn and Willow O’Brien, a sister Cheryl (Pickenheim)Thomas and brother Ronald Pickenheim, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Brother: 

A private celebration of his life will take place with family, friends and loved ones. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA. 

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