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Del Pickett

October 15, 1948 — February 28, 2013

Del (Delmar) V. Pickett Jr. was born in Westmoreland, Kansas, on October 15, 1948. He grew up in the Randolph and Oldsburg, Kansas, communities. He died February 28, 2013, in Wichita, Kansas. Del was the eldest child of Ruth (Johnson) Pickett, deceased, and Delmar V. Pickett Sr. His siblings are: John Pickett, Jane Pickett, Jody Mcvey, and Kenneth Mike Pickett, deceased.

Two and a half years as a medic and door gunner on medical evacuation helicopters in Vietnam, had a lifelong impact on Del. However, the experience did not destroy his life; he “left” Vietnam and had a great life in spite of the difficulties caused by war. In the process of doing his duty he saved many lives becoming a hero to some and an unknown hero to many.

In 1975, Del graduated from Kansas State University being granted a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, suma cum lauda. His education continued through the remainder of his life driven by a quest for knowledge especially in: Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Egyptian histories; art and art history; computer technology; movies; and literature from many periods of history.

Marriage to the love of his life, Nancy L. Frick Pickett occurred on April 2, 1977, in Manhattan, Kansas. They lived in Wichita, Kansas, through their entire marriage. Two children, Matthew and Kathryn, expanded that love.

Del’s art work, painting, making models, and dioramas greatly contributed to his joy in life as well as giving joy to others. Of particular note is that one of his paintings of the World Trade Center, in New York City, was purchased and given to Vice -President Dick Cheney. There are prints of Calvary paintings of his in the Pentagon art museum store. Models of planes and military equipment are owned by Boeing and branches of the military.

If you would like to make a memorial contribution, send to the charity of your choice to honor Del Pickett.

A gathering for friends, family, and colleagues will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at 1831 S. Cranbrook Ave., Wichita, Kansas. Watson Reflection Pointe handling cremation services. Share memories of Del at
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