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JORDAN — Darwin Francis Pickering, 72, of Jordan, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the VA Hospital.

He was a native of Plattsburgh, N.Y., where he resided with his predeceased wife, Lyn. He was born Oct. 5, 1945, to the late Raymond Pickering and Vivian Slater. Darwin attended school in Elbridge and joined the Navy at the age of 17 where he finished his schooling. Darwin served on the USS Turner Joy Destroyer during the Vietnam War. He visited 20 ports around the world, his favorite was Australia. Darwin was an RD3 Radarman Petty Officer 3rd class. He received two Bronze Stars and many certificates. Darwin continued his career and became a machinist and went to college for heating and air conditioning. Darwin will always be remembered for his great sense of humor, dance moves and devotion to his mom.

He was predeceased by his wife, Yolaine (Lyn) Lawrence, in 1983; mother, Vivian Slater, in 2017; stepfather, Daniel Slater, in 1995; and father, Raymond Pickering.

He is survived by his siblings, Darlene (Walt) Smith, of Florida, Daryle (Donna) Pickering, of Skaneateles Falls, Raymond Pickering, of Conquest, Donna (Bruce) Seamans, of Jordan, Dennis Pickering, of Memphis, Donald (Tina) Slater, of Kentucky, Debby (Link) Green, of Auburn, and Duane (Colleen) Slater, of Jordan; stepsibling, Martha Wheeler and Raymond Slater; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, at Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles, with services to follow at 5 p.m. Private burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Marcellus.

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