Troy A. Pickner

Troy A. Pickner, age 69, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Friday, September 3, 2021 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Memorial services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Yankton Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home.  The family also would encourage that face coverings be worn for those attending the memorial service.

Troy was born January 13, 1952 in Wessington Springs, South Dakota to Lloyd and Anna (Franek) Pickner.  He graduated from Gann Valley High School in Gann Valley, South Dakota in 1970 and then worked for the SD Highway Department.  On April 17, 1971, Troy married Carol Sterrett in Gann Valley.  In 1976, they moved to Yankton and Troy attended the University of South Dakota in Springfield, South Dakota, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in 1978.  Troy worked as a Parts Sales Manager for Kolberg-Pioneer in Yankton for 37 years, retiring in 2014. Troy enjoyed many activities, including golfing, bowling, hunting and fishing.  He enjoyed camping at Lewis and Clark Lake and cruising around on his golf cart seeing what people were catching at the river.  Troy also enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings and old westerns.  He spent many hours volunteering for Feeding Yankton, an organization he was proud to support.  Above all, Troy treasured the time with his family and absolutely adored his grandchildren.

Troy is survived by his wife, Carol Pickner of Yankton; two children: Melody (Dave) Fender of Yankton and Chad (Jan) Pickner of Sioux City, IA; three grandchildren: Taylor Sweeney, Trevor (Rachel) Fender, and Courtney (Skyler) Russenberger; one great grandson, Caleb Fender; two brothers, Jimmie Pickner of Springfield, SD and Larry Pickner of Arapahoe, CO; one sister, Twila Kotilinek of Wessington Springs; and many nieces and nephews.

Troy was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Claire Pickner; and sister, Echo Willman.



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12 response to "Troy A. Pickner"

  1. By: Dave Fender Posted: September 5, 2021

    What a amazing man Troy was. He never had anything bad to say about anyone and always stayed true to his values. Watching the old b/w westerns will never be the same.
    His love of his family was extremely evident and I am honored to be part of that family. So much love.

  2. By: Gary Willman Posted: September 6, 2021

    My uncle Troy was an amazing person he was only nine years older than me and he was just like a big brother to me. I remember one time we were at my aunt Twila‘s house and he asked me to run him bathwater because he had a date with aunt Carol so I just turned the water on and walked away needless to say it was all scolding hot water and he come out of the bathroom screaming at me . And the rest was history but I am very sorry for The families loss and I was glad I got to see him God bless

  3. By: Jodi List Posted: September 6, 2021

    Troy was an awesome person. There are so many memories of when my brother and his family lived next door to him and Carol and I worked with Troy at Astec (Portec/Kolbergs/KPI) for several years. He never said a bad word about anyone and always had a great attitude. We will miss him! Be strong and cherish the memories! Hugs.

  4. By: Kyle Keegan Posted: September 7, 2021

    Jodi I will always been known as BUBBA because of Troy! Rest In Peace

  5. By: Kaleb Posted: September 7, 2021

    Best friend

  6. By: Lanette Kotilinek Posted: September 7, 2021

    To the Pickner, Kotilinek & the rest of the Family. I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Troy was a Hell of a guy & will be deeply missed wise cracks & all.

  7. By: Darci Price Posted: September 8, 2021

    My Uncle Troy was always fun to visit. He had an easy going attitude and made everyone feel welcome and included. I remember by cousins middle name, Chad Arthur, coming from Troy’s stern voice when we were in trouble. We stayed with this family many times throughout my youth and had many good times. Sending my love and hugs to the family.

  8. By: Kelly and Linda Uphoff Posted: September 8, 2021

    Kelly has many great memories growing up with Troy and knowing him most of his life. We have Carol, Chad and Missy in our thoughts and prayers and wish we could make it to the funeral but unfortunately can’t. God Bless you all and so sorry for your loss, Troy left to soon.

  9. By: Jason & Cheri Daum Posted: September 8, 2021

    Troy always stopped by when we were in Yankton visiting Chad and Jan. He treated my kids as if they were his own grandchildren. Always a joy to be around and will be greatly missed. Our sympathies to the entire Pickner family.

  10. By: Patti Larson, cousin Posted: September 9, 2021

    He was so caring, helped me once in Yankton, I will never forget his kindness!❤️

  11. By: Roxann Hansen Posted: September 9, 2021

    Carol and all,
    I was sorry to hear from my sister that Troy passed from this earth and his family. All are correct when they say he did not say a bad word about anyone, even when he probably should have. Especially in study hall when a certain cousin of mine put a tack on his seat. He came off that seat about 18 inches but only called out his perpetrator’s last name and no expletives.. I graduated from Gann Valley with Troy in 1970. I am sorry he is gone but I am grateful to have known him. Take care.

  12. By: John and Dauna Ogden Posted: September 10, 2021

    We are very sorry to hear of Troy’s passing. He was a very good person.

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