Dr. Bruce Kevin Pickens

September 5, 1956 - June 13, 2022

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Dr. Bruce Kevin Pickens “Pic” died unexpectedly June 13, 2022. He was 65 years old. Bruce was born on September 5, 1956, in Terre Haute, Indiana. Bruce graduated from South Vigo High School and was a member of the only football team with an undefeated season in the school’s history. Bruce graduated from Wabash College in 1978. While at Wabash, Bruce was a four-year member of the Little Giant’s football team culminating in his team’s participation in the 1977 NCAA Division III National Football championship Stagg Bowl. Additionally, Bruce was an active officer in his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha. After graduation, Bruce obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California College of Professional Psychology and completed his internship at Tulane University.

Bruce’s professional career was dedicated to serving marginalized individuals that lacked critical family and societal support. During his tenure as Director of Behavioral Health Services for Norman Regional Hospital, he was one of the lead psychologists supporting the Oklahoma City bombing victims and their families. After Oklahoma, Bruce moved to Cincinnati where he served as Director of programs and treatment facilities supporting the mental health needs of youth offered through Talbert House, New Path Child & Family Solutions (Formerly known as St Joseph Orphanage) and Rite of Passage (Hillcrest Academy).

Bruce is survived by his wife, Sandi Nunan Pickens (née Frajter). He is also survived by his children and grandchild–son Kyle Pickens of Woodbridge, VA; son Zachary (Caitlin) Pickens and grandson Parker Pickens of Portland, OR; son Christopher Pickens of Cincinnati, OH; and stepchildren - Amanda Nunan of Cincinnati, OH; Tim Nunan of Cincinnati, OH; and Megan Nunan of Chicago, IL. Bruce is survived by his brothers, sisters, and sisters-in-law -- Dale (Jamie) Pickens of Nashville, TN; Gary (Mary) Pickens of Princeton, IN; Teresa Pickens of Terre Haute, IN; and Coral Pickens of Terre Haute, IN. He was preceded in death by his brother Brian (Donna) Pickens of Terre Haute, IN. Bruce is also survived by many nieces and nephews – Jodie Pickens, Chad Pickens, Emily Pickens (Matthew Thornton), Megan Pickens (John Laroe), Jason (Katricia) Helton, Stephanie (Matthew) DeBoer, Will (Maristel) Mannsz, Danny Squire, Allyssa Guglielmo, Kyrie Guglielmo, Alexandra (Dan) Hildebrandt.

Bruce loved life and loved to help others. Not only was Bruce dedicated to family and work, but he also loved sports and community involvement. He was an avid football and baseball fan, and his passion to support children extended to his love of coaching. He served as a long-time coach for the Lakota Tomahawks Youth Football Organization, several select baseball teams and local youth basketball teams.

Celebration of Bruce's Life are as follows: Visitation will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 11 AM until time of Service at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, Memorials in Bruce’s memory may be directed to Wabash College, 301 W Wabash Avenue Crawfordsville, Indiana 47993 or 877-743-4545 or https://www.wabash.edu/give

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ann lucas - Jun 22, 2022
I'm going to miss u cousin bruce
Nancy and Alan Howard - Jun 20, 2022
So many good memories of Coach Picthroughout our years with Sam’s Tomahawk football team. He was a great coach and mentor to all the boys and a friend to us. Sincere condolences to Sandi and his boys.
Thomas Story - Jun 20, 2022
“Joanne and I are so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. Praying for Sandra and Family the Lord will be with them during this time. Uncle Tom & Aunt Joanne”
Terry Evitts - Jun 20, 2022
I am one of Bruce's Lambda Chi fraternity brothers at Wabash. Bruce was a great guy and a great friend. He was one of the first brothers to help me move in. We stayed in touch for a few years after graduation, but as things happen, we lost touch. We reconnected several years ago through Facebook, but never got an opportunity to meet up. One of my great regrets. My condolences to his family and loved ones. He will be missed.
Andy Sobotta - Jun 19, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. May you have happy memories and peace as you celebrate the life of Bruce.
Tracy Bennett - Jun 19, 2022
I send my condolences and prayer to the family and friends of Dr. Pickens. I thank him for his work with our students at Rite of Passage. Dr. Pickens take your rest and to get absent from tue body is to be with the father.
Radhika - Jun 18, 2022
It’s so nice to see Bruce had dedicated time and passion for the underprivileged - we pray his soul rests in eternal peace and his give u strength to bear the loss - radhika