Arthus C. Pickens, 95, of rural Wheeler, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Newton Rest Haven.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Meyer Funeral Home, Newton. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Newton, with full military rites. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Central Christian Church of Newton, with envelopes available at the funeral home. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com.
Art was born on Nov. 21, 1918, in Wheeler, the son of Ernest T. and Pearl (Austin) Pickens. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946 in the Pacific during World War II. He was a crew member of DD 700 USS Haynsworth. Art was a lifelong farmer and retired from pipeline construction in the late 1970s. He was a member of the Central Christian Church, Winterrowd Lodge 664 for 70 years and the Dieterich American Legion Post 628. Art married Wilma Eileen Bryan on Sept. 24, 1940, and she preceded him in death on May 10, 2013.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Barbara Jean Pickens of Wichita, Kansas, and A.C. and Evon Pickens of Wheeler; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanette and Mike Lambird of Lake Forest, California; six grandchildren, Becky Freshour of Wichita, Kansas, Bonnie Zimmer of Overland Park, Kansas, Bryan Lambird of Culver City, California, Jill Tremblay of Rancho Mirage, California, Abby Drwecki of Arvada, Colorado, and Clay Pickens of Olney; 8 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thornton (Buck) Pickens of Wheeler, and Larry Pickens of Effingham; sister, Marge Harvey of Wheeler; brother-in-law, Dale (Beverly) Bryan of Atlanta, Georgia; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Robards of Newton.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Rex Pickens and Shirley Pickens; and his sister, Lorraine Stouth.
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