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THOMAS ROGER PICKERT Thomas Roger Pickert, 39, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Tom was born in Blue Springs, MO, the fourth child in a family of six siblings. He attended St. John LaLande and St. Regis grade schools. He graduated from Archbishop O'Hara High School in 1996. In 2000, he graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City with dual degrees in French and philosophy. During college, he spent 7 months studying in France, including a semester at Le Sorbonne in Paris. He attended University of Kansas School of Law, graduating in 2004. While in law school, Tom participated in the Environmental Law Moot Court and was a member of the KU Law Review. He worked as a law clerk for two years before taking a position as an associate at Logan, Logan and Watson in Prairie Village, KS. After 7 years, he and his law school classmate started their own law firm, Fowler Pickert, LLC. In 2017, they joined with a third partner to create Fowler Pickert, Eisenmenger, LLC. Tom has been named "Best of the Bar" by the Kansas City Business Journal. His commitment and dedication to his legal practice was well known and respected among those who knew him personally and professionally. A lifelong athlete, Tom enjoyed a variety of athletic endeavors throughout his life, ranging from martial arts to yoga, and golf to rugby. His primary athletic interest was running, he completed numerous sub-3 hour marathons, and, on his first attempts at both, qualified for the Iron Man World Championships for half and full Iron Man competitions. Aside from his academic, professional, and athletic achievements, Tom's greatest achievement in life was the life he built with Emily, his wife of 16 years. Tom and Emily met early in college and married in 2001. They welcomed their sons over the subsequent years, and Tom's devotion to his two young boys was beyond compare. Tom is survived by his wife and two sons, parents, four sisters, one brother, his grandmother, 13 nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, as well as his extended family of in-laws. He also leaves behind a large community of friends and colleagues across the city and throughout the country. A public memorial will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Tom Pickert Memorial Fund at Country Club Bank, 414 Nichols Road, Kansas City, MO 64112, which will go toward helping achieve Tom's dream of providing for his sons' college educations, and other causes to help make the world for them a more peaceful and just place. Condolences may be expressed at www.MuehlebachChapel.com

Published in Kansas City Star on Nov. 7, 2017
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