It is with tremendous love, respect, and sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved husband, father, and grandfather on March 7th, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.
Mark was born on November 8, 1957, to George and Marilyn Picknell. He grew up in Toledo, Ohio where he spent much of his childhood and adolescence developing a passion for sports, music, and the arts. During Mark’s teen years, while attending Whitmer High School, and playing basketball for Monroe Methodist Church, Mark would be seen wearing his favorite lucky number 13, on his jersey. To his closest friends and teammates of him, Mark was given the nickname of “Pick” (sp. Pic). This nickname became his trademark of him and the trademark nickname for his sister and brothers of him, in the years that followed. During Mark’s college years, his enjoyment of competition and sports led him and many of his friends to the competitive adult softball leagues, of NW Ohio. After most softball games, Mark, and his teammates (friends) could be seen celebrating and unwinding at one of Toledo’s favorite past-time gathering places, Tom Clark’s Player’s Club.
After graduating from The University of Toledo, in 1979, Mark began a career in sales, with 3M. He soon transitioned from 3M to a career in Pharmaceutical Sales, with Mead Johnson (Bristol Myers Squibb). Mark’s new career led to family relocations to Mansfield, Ohio, Newburg, Indiana, and finally to Columbus, Ohio. As Mark progressed in his career, he has achieved much success and earned numerous national and annual awards for his many contributions to the company. While Mark’s career kept him busy, it was an important priority for him as a father, to be involved with his children and family. Throughout the years, Mark was a parent volunteer for his daughter’s swim team, a coach for his son’s youth baseball, basketball, and soccer teams, and a volunteer at his family’s church festivals.
In addition to his successful sales career, Mark enjoyed reading and learning about personal finance and investments. I have made a commitment and spent countless hours reading and learning about the stock and bond markets, and alternative investments. This became another interest and hobby that would guide Mark’s investment choices to further provide for his family of him, and a secure retirement.
While Mark’s favorite musicians were the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen, over the years his musical tastes expanded, and his collection of vinyl LPs became quite extensive. Mark’s continued appreciation for music led to his added fulfillment of reading and writing poetry. In most recent years, Mark learned to play bass guitar. These artistic interests led Mark to write lyrics to numerous songs. With the help and collaboration of other musicians, the band “Exit Popes” was formed. Mark’s poetry and lyrics were soon put to music and the recording of several original songs.
Throughout his life, Mark enjoyed traveling. One of his favorite family destinations for vacations was the beaches at Virginia Beach and the Outerbanks. Mark loved to travel with Lou especially to Europe and really loved Amsterdam.
For those who met and knew Mark, you saw his gift for making friends very easily. He was socially blessed and was someone that people always gravitated to. He was a fun, sensitive and caring individual, who could always be seen in his love and compassion for family and friends. Mark truly loved his family. He worked hard to provide and create a loving home.
Mark is preceded in death by his father George Picknell and his stepdaughter Natalie Ebner. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Lou, his daughters Amy Malone (Matt), Jennifer Harper (Steven), his son Matthew, stepson Christopher, and his granddaughter Purity. Mark is also survived by his mother Marilyn Picknell, his sister Beth Berger (Pete), his brothers Brian (Julie), and Chris (Traci), numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and loving friends .
The celebration of Mark’s life will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2022, from 1-3 pm with a brief service at 3:00 pm at the Egan-Ryan funeral home, located at 403 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Phone: (614) 221-6665.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mark’s name and memory to either of the following charities: The Open Shelter – 1037 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Phone: (614) 222-2885, or Mid-Ohio Food Bank – 3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123. Phone: (614) 277-3663.
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Published by Egan-Ryan Funeral Service – Central Chapel on Mar. 9, 2022.