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OBITUARY

Frank C. Pickett

19 April, 193129 July, 2017

Frank C. Pickett, 86, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 19, 1931 in Pleasant Plains, IL, the son of the late William Ernest and Dorothy Elizabeth (Gray) Pickett. He married Alice Lynn on January 2, 1952 in Springfield and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Alice, he is survived by a son, William Michael (wife Rene) Pickett of Springfield; his daughter Patricia Louise Kuhn of Springfield; 3 grandchildren, Andrea Kuhn, Alison Kuhn, and Joseph Kuhn, all of Springfield; his brother Ernest Lee (wife Jean) Pickett of New Berlin, IL; his sister Marilyn Pickett of Springfield; his nephews William Pickett and Ernest Lee (wife Sara) Pickett, Jr; his niece Jody (husband Geoff) Sarginson; and several great nephews and nieces.

Frank farmed on Koke Mill Road with his father for the first 30 years of his life. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955 as an aircraft and engine mechanic and instructor. Following his military service, he joined the Sangamon County Sheriff’s office and achieved the post of Deputy Sheriff. For 34 years, he worked as Sangamon County Zoning Administrator, retiring from that position in 1992.

He was active in many Masonic organizations throughout his life, including Tyrian Masonic Lodge 333 AF & AM. He was a life member in both Ansar Shrine, serving as Potentate in 1986, and the Legion of Honor, serving as Adjutant for many years and participating in the LoH Championship Close Order Drill Team. He was a member of VFW Post 755 and American Legion Post 32.

Per his wishes, cremation rites were accorded under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home in Springfield.

Frank’s family welcomes friends and family to attend a celebration of life ceremony on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 5 to 7pm at Athens Christian Church, 1441 IL Rt. 29, Athens, IL, where he was a member. Masonic services will be held briefly at 6pm. A Memorial service, also at the church, will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017 with visitation at 10am, followed by services officiated by Rev. Ken Gennicks at 11a.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Louis, MO or to the Athens Christian Church Building Fund. Visit www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for Frank’s family.

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Roy & Harriet Robinson

8 August 2017

The world last week lost a kind and nice gentleman. Frank will be missedsd by many folks. No more kidding about our favorite baseball team, (the Cubs and the Cardinals) Sincere sympathy to you Alice and your family.

Bryan Wilson

2 August 2017

I met Frank a little over 3 years ago when I started dating his granddaughter. So I have had the privilege of getting to know him and his family pretty well over the last few years. His infectious smile and big heart were a few of the things that I will always remember about him. The love he had for his family was obvious all the way up until his final days. He was a great man and he will be missed by many!

Stephen Jennison MD

2 August 2017

Frank had a big and generous heart. I am proud to have served as his Cardiologist. One time, following a hospitalisation, Frank was hovering around the nurses station as I prepared his discharge documentation and med list. Hey Doc, how about sex? he demanded. I looked up from the papers and said: Frank I am flattered, but I am a married man and not available!. He cracked the biggest smile and we both burst out laughing.
He and Alice were the ultimate team, she being his rock of Gibraltar.
Thank you Frank for all your love and kindness. Much love to Alice all the way from New Zealand.

Fred Baskett

1 August 2017

So sorry for your loss.

Marcia (Sommer) Masten

1 August 2017

Marcia (Sommer) Masten

1 August 2017

Marcia (Sommer) Masten

1 August 2017

Kolleen Yockey

1 August 2017

Alice and family
I am sorry to hear this. May God be with you and your family through this difficult time. It was always nice to see you two at the office even though I know Frank was not feeling well. May he rest in peace.
Mark and Kolleen (Hayes) Yockey

Chad Schexnayder

31 July 2017

I only came to know Frank in the last year of his life, so I was not privileged to share the laughter and love of the preceding 85 years. But from the stories I heard, there was much of both. Even in the twilight of life, Frank impressed me as a man who looked you in the eye and said what he meant. He was kind and had enough heartfelt emotion for two lifetimes. I am honored to have known him.

Paul Barker

31 July 2017

RIP.A very good guy and public public servant.

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