Mr. Edward Eugene (Ted) Pickett Jr., 82, of 67 Cruver's Trailer Park, Laceyville (North Flat), passed away on Saturday afternoon at the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock with his family by his side.
Ed was born in Wyoming on Dec. 23, 1930, the son of the late Edward E. Pickett Sr., who passed away on Dec. 6, 1963, and Edith Howell Pickett, who passed away on March 11, 1990.
Ed attended the Laceyville High School, and later served his country in the Army Air Corps and later with the National Guard during the early 1950s during the Korean War
, when he was stationed in Alaska. While in the service, Ed married the former Dora Jean Board from Indianapolis, Ind.
Ted was preceded in death by his wife, Dora Jean, on July 19, 1988.
After his military service, Ted returned back to the Williamsport area, where he was employed by Sylvania Corp. After a few years, he then relocated to Indianapolis, driving truck for Teamster Local 134, in Indianapolis, for a number of years. In his later years, Ted moved back to Laceyville, where he drove tractor-trailer for Penn's Best and retired from driving for Meshoppen Stone.
Ted was a member of the Braintrim Baptist Church, and the Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion, in Black Walnut, Pa. An avid motorcycle rider, he was a member of the Midwest Motorcycle Club for 25 years. During his spare time, Ted was out trapping, fishing and hunting. His favorite fishing spot was off the Laceyville Bridge. In his younger years, he enjoyed taking off with his buddies, John Stahl and Larry Lane, and go to the horse races.
Surviving are his wife, Lois L. Miller Pickett, of Laceyville, whom he married on May 5, 2001; his six children, Karen and her husband, Phil Long, of Indianapolis, Ind.; Curt and his wife, Cindy Pickett, of Laceyville; George Pickett, of Radcliff, Ky.; Bruce and his wife, Kelly Pickett, of Indianapolis, Ind.; Scott Pickett, of Indianapolis, Ind.; and Julie Pickett, of Indianapolis, Ind.; his grandchildren, Mark Long, Cody Long, Curtis and his wife, Keri Pickett; Clinton Pickett; Caprice Pickett; Paul Pickett; Catina Pickett; Jill Pickett; Jamie Pickett; Edward Pickett; Daniel Pickett; Heather Pickett; and Seth Pickett; and several great grandchildren, brother, Thomas, and his wife, Becky Pickett, of Dallas; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also his extended family of stepchildren, David Miller of Scranton, Patricia Tallada and James Grant, both of Athens, Pa.; and three step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, with the Rev. Thomas Davis, of the Braintrim Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey Street Cemetery, in Laceyville. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Graveside military services will be conducted at the Lacey Street Cemetery by the members of the Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion, the Dennis Strong Post No. 457 American Legion of Tunkhannock and the Endless Mountains VFW
Post No. 3583 of Mehoopany.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion, 328 Old Rt. 6 Road, Laceyville, PA 18623.