Kenneth Joe Pickard
Date of Death: October 9, 2011
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Kenneth Joe Pickard, 78, of West Lafayette, passed away peacefully at 6:45 AM Sunday, October 9, 2011 at his residence. He was born April 15, 1933, in Frankfort, to the late O. Kenneth and Marie Pitzer Pickard. He served in the United States Army for two years with thirteen months of that time in Germany.…

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Karen Borders left a message on November 26, 2011:
Dear Berta,
We just found out about Joe passing away. We are so sorry for your loss. Joe was a great teacher and friend. My parents held him in high reguard. He always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. I&m sure he is greatly missed by your family. May God bless you and yours. Friends, Jerry and Karen Borders
Lori Ostheimer Dyer left a message on October 15, 2011:
Mrs. Pickard and Family...I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Pickard&s passing. Mr. Pickard was my teacher at Southwestern. He was loved by so many people. Please know that I will be praying for all of you. My prayer will be that God will give you the strength and comfort that you will need during this difficult time. All my love...Lori Ostheimer Dyer
Janet Thompson left a message on October 13, 2011:
Berta, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn&t get the connection, but I knew your husband in my student teacher supervising days. My prayers are with you and your family.
Vernon Buman left a message on October 13, 2011:
I am sorry for your loss,he will be missed by many.I was one of the students in his first class at Shadeland and I liked him from the start.I followed him to Southwestern.The thing that I remember most that he taught me,was always strive to be the best whether that be bum,streetsweeper,parent or leader.

May he walk with angels
Vernon Buman
Dennis Brunton left a message on October 13, 2011:
So sorry to hear about Mr. Pickard. He was very highly thought of as a teacher, coach and person by the SW class of 1965.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Marty and Robin Haywood left a message on October 12, 2011:
Just to let you know we are thinking of you all in your time of sorrow and you have our sympathy. God Bless and take care.
Cordes Family left a message on October 12, 2011:
Our sincere condolences to Berta, Marta, Andy and families. We&ve always held Joe in high regard. He was a good friend over the years, a special neighbor during our time in Sheffield, and a valued member of the McCutcheon community. We feel privileged to have known him.
The Cordes Family
Bud, Nancy, Craig, Julie, Garth & Carol
Bill and jane Steele left a message on October 12, 2011:
Please know that across the miles we are thinking of all of you and remembering our wonderful time with you in Lafayette. Sending our love and condolences to a very special family. Joe Pickard was indeed one of God&s beloved servants...and the world was a better place because of him. He will be missed. Much love, Bill and jane
Sally Warlaumont left a message on October 12, 2011:

I am so very, very sorry . It is such a difficult time for all of you. Please know that I am thinking of you and my prayers are with you all at this time.
Sue hazzard left a message on October 12, 2011:
Berta, I was so sorry to read that Joe has passed. You and he left a lasting impression on me as a teacher at Mintonye. You both exemplefied the highest vales of the teaching profession. You lived your values and imparted them upon the students and adults you encountered. I student taught with Dorothy McCormick and taught 3rd Grade at Mintonye. Andy was in my room at one time and Marta was present frequently when I was there. You left so many footprints upon my heart as you accepted me as a teacher and as I watched you interact with your children. I retired in 2009 but never forgot the gifts you imparted upon me that led me to love my profession and influenced how I interact with people. My prayers go out to you at this time. I feel blessed to have been able to cross your path and that of Joe and Andy and Marta. I&m sure Heaven is rejoicing that Joe is there. May you gain strength from your memories and may the love of the people you have touched comfort you and help to keep Joe close to your heart.

God Bless
Sue Hazzard

Lou Nargi left a message on October 12, 2011:
Berta, Andy and Marta,

You have my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Although, I never had the opportunity to work for Joe, I will always be grateful for the recommendation he made to Dick Watts that got me started on my teaching career in TSC. It seems like only yesterday that I was coaching Andy at Southwestern and I still have fond memories of those years. I&m sure that the love of your friends and family will help you get through these difficult times.


Lou Nargi
Kevin Boss left a message on October 12, 2011:
I would like to offer my condolences to the family. I did not go to either school where Joe worded. I received the gift of meeting Joe through friends who attended Southwestern, during the early 1970&s and in later yrs at McCutcheon. He always had a good word to say and I know that there are many people who succeeded because of him and the positive influence he made in their lives. I am one of those people. Joe Pickard walks in the same light as educators like the late Joe Heath and Spider Fields to name just a few and the list for people who really make a differance are few and fare between. My prayers are with your family. God bless you and God Bless Joe Pickard. Kevin Boss Graduate Jefferson High 1972
Nancy Reeves Balser left a message on October 12, 2011:
I was an student at Southwestern High School, class of 1968. Mr. Pickard was my all-time favorite teacher. I will always remember him reading poetry to the class and leading the football team on Friday nights. What a personality! He truly was a good mentor and teacher.
I am so sorry for your loss. I know how special he was to his students, he must have been extra special to his family. Please accept my condolences.

Sam Flack left a message on October 12, 2011:
Mr. Pickard was Athletic Director and a teacher when I attended Southwestern 1961-64. I want to let the family know that he had a very special place in my heart. He was very strict but also very fair and reasonable. I believe that he influenced my life more than any other teacher that I ever had. I really wanted to send him a note before his passing. I am very sorry that I didn&t get it done in time.
Janet Frey left a message on October 12, 2011:
Berta and Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of mourning.Joe &s passing is a great loss to you all and to the whole communitywill miss seeing you on Friday but will be at the memorial on Saturday. Love to you all, Janet Fox Frey
Vicky Goodman Davis left a message on October 12, 2011:
The Pickard family,

I was so sorry to hear of his passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this trying time.

Know that he was called home by our GOD and he will be waiting on all of us.


Vicky Goodman Davis
Class of 1974
Bob Rutherford left a message on October 12, 2011:
In the summer of 1960 I was working for Russell Davis Construction and met Joe and his buddy Dave Bernhardt.They were working as laborers on summertime jobs. Joe was always very friendly and easy to get to know. I use to see him occasionally over around Camelback and would see him and his wife at Rhiele Plaza. This community will miss him as he has touched the lives of many people. Deepest regards, Bob Rutherford
Lisa Morrow left a message on October 12, 2011:
Berta and family -
My heart hurts for all of you. Please know you are all in my thoughts. He was a wonderful principal. I worked in the office during my senior year at McCutcheon and he was always great! As I recall, I only cut class twice during high school :) and one of the times I did was because a girlfriend was having a crisis and needed me. I remember him telling me that I should have just came to him and explained things and he would have given me a pass out! It was an honor to get to know him in a different light when he volunteered for us here at the CVB. We had some great conversations especially on politics! :) He was truly a good man!

I found out very recently that I have Lupus and one of my first thoughts was to call Joe and talk to him for advice. I just hadn&t gotten the phone picked up yet.

Hugs to all of you!
Lisa Morrow
jane Bryant-Mays left a message on October 11, 2011:
Marta and Family, October 11, 2011

My deepest sympathy is with you and your family during this time. I didn&t know your dad very well, but the time I did get to know him he was very caring to all of us at McCutcheon I am so happy that I was a lucky person to get to meet him.

My sympathy is with you all.


Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
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