Delbert K. Pike

Died: 2016-01-20
Resided in: Danvers, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH Rt 114, 128 S. Main St. Middleton
Viewing date: 2016-01-30 / 9:30-11am
Service type: Celebration of Life
Service date: 2016-01-30 / 11am
Service location: Mackey FH (rt.114) 128 S. Main St., Middleton
Burial type: At a later Date
Burial date:
Contributions: In Lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St. Ste. B-102, Danvers MA 01923

Services Next Saturday 1/30 9:30 -11am Visitation, Followed by a service 11am

Delbert Kenneth Pike

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, Delbert Kenneth Pike passed away peacefully of natural causes. He was 84 years old. Del was born in Milo, ME on June 28, 1931. He was the first child of Thelma and Kenneth Pike. He was a 1949 graduate of Scarborough High School in Maine and married his high school sweetheart Angie Marshall in April 1951. They shared 63 years of marriage.

Del worked his entire career as an Electrical Engineer for Draper Labs in Cambridge for 30+ years before retiring in 1993. He was proud of his work in Gyro Nuclear Radiation testing and Gyro Guidance Electronics. In 1969 he was recognized for his contribution to the APOLLO Primary Guidance, Navigation and Control System for the first man landing on the moon.

Del loved being with his family. He could be seen at almost every football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, softball, track, volleyball and cheerleading event for all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a standout athlete himself, playing in the Danvers Twilight Baseball League for many years. He also had an unmatched curiosity for how things worked and was well known for his ability to design or fix most anything to do with mechanics, electronics and construction.

Del was preceded in death by his wife Angie and his sister Priscilla Estes. Del is survived by his sons: Delbert Pike Jr. of Old Orchard Beach, ME; Thomas Pike and wife Teresa of Saco, ME; Stephen Pike of Middleton; and Dr. Scott Pike and wife Martha of Danvers; his grandchildren: Kristen Pike O'Neill of Danvers; Todd Pike of Old Orchard Beach, ME; Ryan Pike of So. Portland, ME; DPT Erin Pike of Saco, ME; and Connor, Megan and Logan Pike of Danvers; his great-grandchildren: Anna, Brynn, Jack and Tyler O'Neill of Danvers; his siblings: Wayne Pike and wife Theresa of Greeneville, TN; Arlo Pike and wife Judy of Scarborough, ME; and Linda Ceaser and husband Philip of Scarborough, ME.

Del's family is eternally grateful to Kris Berry-Hurton who watched over him for the past 3 years.

Online condolences below:

Hi Scott, I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. He lived a long and wonderful life. I am sure he is proud of the son he has raised. God Bless you and your family. Frank McCann
Hi Buddy, Tommy, Stevie, Scotty. I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I was just thinking of him the past few days and decided to contact Kris Berry to see how your Dad was doing. That's when she broke the news to me. Your Dad sure was a neat guy to know. Always had an intelligent perspective on things in life. I'll never forget how he provided such a nice home for all of you. I'll never forget all the work it took for him to dig out the crawl space under the house and make it into a full height cellar. He used that conveyor belt mechanism and a lot of back breaking work both days and nights. I'll long remember my visits with him that I had when I'd go down to visit my Mom next door. My thoughts are with you guys. Your long time friend, Bobby Letourneau
Del was a wonderful person and always helped mentor us younger guys at MIT/Draper. We worked in the same work group for several years during the late 60s.I remember what a great softball player Del was also. RIP Del. Forney R Johnson Draper Labs/retired.
To the Pike family, Please except my condolences for the death of your loved one. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Peace, Prayers and Blessings

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