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Conrad Laverne Pickett Obituary
Dr. Conrad Laverne Pickett TROY - Dr. Conrad Laverne Pickett died after a long illness, on November 12, 2012, at his eldest daughter Amy's ranch near Hot Springs, SD. He will be remembered for his kind heart, consideration, humor and how he always put others first. He was born on April 21st, 1931 in Pleasantdale, N. Troy, NY, the son of Alpha and Louisa Pickett, the fourth of their six children. In 1938, with baby sister Ruth Ann just an infant, his parents began having each of the older five siblings (Ronald 6, Conrad 8, Herbert 10, Louise 12 and Charles 14) take music lessons, learn to play a musical instrument of their choice and eventually play together as a small orchestra, mother accompanying them on the piano. Charles played the trumpet, Louise the accordion, Herbert the saxophone, Conrad the violin, and Ronald the drums. The Pickett Family Orchestra, as it came to be known in the Troy area in the ensuing few years before World War II, was frequently invited to entertain at various church dinners and other fraternal and charitable events. Conrad attended Ohio Wesleyan College where he played college football. At the University of Michigan, he studied premed and met his future wife, Jean Liberty. He then earned his MD from the University of New York, Syracuse. He worked first for four years as a doctor in the health service at the University of Michigan, and the University of New York, Fredonia. He then specialized in Psychiatry working for the Veterans Administration in several VA hospitals, California State prison system, and in private practice, Adrian, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers, Herbert and Charles and his sister, Louise. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean Pickett of Petoskey, MI and by his six children, Amy (Dan) Pucket of Hot Springs; Jeffrey Pickett of South Lake Tahoe, CA; Laurie (Bill) Hickman of Longmont, CO; David Pickett; Timothy (Esther) Pickett and Melanie (Cyril) Drier, all of Petoskey, MI. His only surviving siblings are Ronald (Judy) Pickett of Boston, MA and Ruth Ann Holmes of Cincinnati, OH. He loved to support his 12 grandchildren in their arts, sports, and hobbies. Coming from a musical and artistic family, he enjoyed the arts, especially opera. His other hobbies included jogging, swimming, gardening, and singing in a barbershop quartet. This grandpa, husband, brother, dad, and friend will never be forgotten. May his spirit dance in the wind and remain in our hearts forever. A memorial service and internment of ashes is planned to take place on August 29, 2013 at 2:30 PM at the Bay Memorial Garden in Bay View, MI. For further information call Jean Pickett at 231-347-2234

Published in The Record on Aug. 25, 2013
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