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“On behalf of Boy Scout Troop 72 in Sterling, we would like to express our sympathy for your loss. I am currently the Scoutmaster at 72, and saw that...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Robert Weir - Rock Falls, IL

“I liked the stories he would tell us about his, wife and family, as we sat around the dining room table at Christmas, at Wandas. I enjoyed seeing...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: marlyne williams - lombard, IL

“Growing up in Sterling and a friend of the Picken kids, I had many, many opportunities to be with Dr. Picken. He was unfailingly a gentleman and a...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Bob Viering - Faith, SD

“Good evening, I am sorry for your loss. I worked with you Dad & Grandfather in the Emergency Room/Dept at CGH. I know what it means to lose a parent...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Sharley Bailey - Sterling, IL

“Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Your father and mine (Dr. Peter Gray) both practiced at CGH. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Mary Gray Sweeney - Oregon, IL

“My deepest sympathy on the passing of your Father. He was such a wonderful doctor and friend. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Patty Hulstrom Young - Sterlng, IL


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Edgar R. Picken, M.D., age 94, of Sterling, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria.

Edgar was born June 1, 1918 in Rockford, the son of George and Catherine (Breckenridge) Picken. He married Virginia Ericsson on December 27, 1952 in Chicago. She preceded him in death on February 21, 1999. Edgar graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1944 and also served as a clinical professor at the university. He was a founding partner of the Sterling-Rock Falls Clinic where he was a physician and general surgeon for more than 30 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling, Sterling Rotary Club, Dairymen's Country Club, and Rock River Country Club. Edgar was involved in the start of Sinnissippi Rod and Gun Club, was a leader of Boy Scouts of America Troop 72 in Sterling, served in the US Army, and participated in many other community organizations during his long life in Sterling.

Survivors include three daughters Catherine Picken of Bethesda, MD, Elizabeth (Pat) Tracy of Peoria, and Jean (Ken) Crisler of Lake Zurich, two sons Robert (Wanda) Picken of Wheaton, and John (Mary) Picken of Waterloo, Belgium, four granddaughters Katie, Kelsey, Sarah, and Anne, and five grandsons Brian, William, Daniel, Matthew, and David.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Virginia, and two sisters Elizabeth and Jean.

Visitation will be from Noon-1:00 PM Friday, February 1, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling. Funeral service will follow at 1:00 PM at the church with Reverend Jim Camp officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to CGH Health Foundation.