Theodore "Ted" Daniel Pikel, 95, of Home, PA passed away January 11, 2021. The son of Ferdinand and Veronika (Marcischak) Pikel, he was born September 18, 1925 in Dixonville, PA.
Ted was known for being the eccentric store owner with the big blue eyes and the even bigger heart--always there to help someone out. He had so many friends and many "adopted" families. Oh, did he love St. Patrick's Day; especially when he dyed his white hair--green….and then blue, purple and pink!
Ted was a WWII POW, having been captured in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge and held prisoner for months. Ted was 18 when he joined the United States Army. His rank was Private First Class. Ted was a Bronze Star recipient. He also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge while serving with the 51st HeadQuarter 106th Infantry Unit among other awards and medals.
He was a member of the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and Loyal Order of the Moose. Back in his hay-day he loved playing pool and golf.
Ted is survived by his son, Daniel (Karen) Pikel of Home, Kathy (Keith) Brink of Marion Center, his grandchildren: Michele (Greg), Veronica (Justin), Joey, and Fawntanna; his great-grandchildren: Shayleah, Victoria, and Joee; his sister-in-law Mildred Pikel of Clymer; step-children Richard, Harriet, John, William Putt and their families; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Kathryn (Sherwin) Pikel, and siblings: Ferdinand Jr, Paul, Thomas, Joseph, Daniel, John, and Veronica.
Arrangements will be private with interment at a later date at St. Bernard's Cemetery under the direction of the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home.
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