Donald “Don” H. Pickett, 89 of Turtle Lake, died peacefully at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck on March 2, 2018.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at later date in June at the Turtle Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be offered by the Turtle Lake American Legion Post 133 and ND National Guard Funeral Honors.

Don was born April 20, 1928 in Claremont, Minn., to William & Maude (Erath) Pickett. At 18 years of age, Don enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1946 during World War II and was honorably discharged in September 1949. Shortly after his discharge, Don married Evelyn Anderson in Rock Dell, Minn. His early life employment was in construction, bakery, and the elevator industry.

In 1960, Don married Arlene Schlafmann-Barrett in Aberdeen, S.D. In 1974, Don and Arlene relocated from their home in Bismarck to the family farm near Turtle Lake. He farmed and remained employed with Otis Elevator for 37 years. Don continued to farm until October 2017 when he moved to Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Mandan.

Don held a passion for raising small grain crops with his son, Scott. Along with Don’s ability to work the soil, he had an impressive knowledge for working with his hands whether it was construction, electrical wiring, or concrete finish work. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and traveling. His favorite times where spent with fellow military veterans enjoying coffee and breakfast at Bev’s Café in Turtle Lake.

He will be deeply missed by his daughters, Denise (Mark) Lukawski, Cindy Pickett, and Marcia Hawkins, all of Rochester, Minn., and DeAnn Pickett of Turtle Lake; his sons, Dennis Pickett, Minneapolis, and Scott (Michelle) Pickett, Turtle Lake; two step-daughters, Gloria (Jerry) Braxmeyer, Bismarck, and Cindy (Chuck) Hillard, West Union, Ohio; one step-son, James Barrett, Mandan; one sister, Doris Slawson, Phoenix; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife (Evelyn) and wife (Arlene), one brother (Robert), one son (Ronald Pickett), and a grandson (Michael Barrett).

Don’s family prefers memorials to the Turtle Lake American Legion Post 133 (PO Box 482, Turtle Lake, ND 58575)

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(Goetz Funeral Home – Washburn & Turtle Lake)