It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Hubert Duane "Pete" Pickett. Pete was born two miles west of McDonald, Kansas, on Nov. 18, 1940, to Albert Leonard Pickett and Dorothy Faye (Archer) Pickett. He passed away peacefully at his home on Nov. 26, 2021, at the age of 81. Pete attended McDonald Elementary School and High School, where he graduated in 1958. He participated in basketball, football and track, making All-State Honorable Mention in basketball his senior year, scoring 42 points in a single game. His life was filled with the love of his extended family and a terrific appreciation of the outdoors. He loved the open plains of northwest Kansas and never missed an opportunity to hunt a coon or coyote. Pete loved reminiscing about his days and trophies he won for TT Scrambles and short track races on his 500 Triumph. Pete retired in 2003 after 40 years of dedicated service to Firestone as a manager/owner of stores in North Platte, Lincoln and Falls City. His work ethic was beyond question. Retirement offered many opportunities for countless motorcycle touring trips coast to coast. Pete always loved nature and riding the trails on horseback, so Kansas was calling. There was nothing better for Pete than riding with Joan on a good horse, among good friends on an adventuresome trail. Pete was always ready for the annual all horse Christmas Parade or Wagon Train ride. He loved volunteering to work at the Tailgate Ranch moving cattle and branding. Never will you meet a man who more faithfully lived his values. Pete was a teacher of all things as he taught by example. He never let another man down and fulfilled every obligation he ever undertook. His word was his bond and everyone knew it. He was self-made and self-reliant. Pete was loved for an infinite number of reasons. He was a magnificent man, a loyal loving husband, a devoted father, a kind spirit and a true friend. Pete provided such remarkable examples to remember him by and hold close to our hearts. Pete was preceded in death by his parents and stepdaughter, Sherri McIntosh. He is survived by the love of his life, Joan; his son, Troy and his wife, Emily; grandchildren, Colin, Abbey, Emma and Ella; son, Ken and grandchildren, Hunter and Madison; his brother Eldon and his wife, Jeri; stepdaughter, Lyn and her husband Mike Martin; step-granddaughter, Rachel and her husband, Jason Venn and great-grandsons, Caden and Grayson; and stepdaughter, Lyn and her husband, Mike Martin; a host of cousins, nieces and nephews, each missing him for his great sense of humor and the special man he was. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society
and sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. Online condolences may be shared at baalmannmortuary.com
. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Baalmann Mortuary, Atwood, Kansas, with visitation the hour prior. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Atwood.
Published by North Platte Telegraph on Nov. 30, 2021.