It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Gordon Delbert Pickett of Redcliff on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the age of 84 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Delores ‘Dee’ Pickett (nee Slater); sons, Randall (Colleen), Kent (Audrey) and Sheldon (Carmen) Pickett; daughter, Arlene (Murray) Dylke; grandchildren, Ashley, Samantha, Brady, Jordan, Taryn, Joseph, Jamie, Marcus, Dawson, Trenton, Kali and Zyan as well as his great-grandchildren, Dallas, Peyton, Harper, Liam, Emma and Morgan. Del was predeceased by his son, Mark; grandson, Morgan; granddaughter, Samantha Chebuk; father, Fred Orlander Pickett; mother, Olga Pickett (nee Narum); sisters, Hazel, Rose and Helen as well as his brothers, Mearl and Floyd Pickett.
Del was born in Welling, Alberta on February 26, 1937, to Fred and Olga Pickett. He was a bit of a rebel right from the beginning by refusing to wait until his mother could get to the hospital before he was born, so he was born at their home in Welling. Del was the 7th child and baby of the brood. He had three older brothers, Floyd, Don and Mearl and three older sisters, Rose, Helen and Hazel. Del, called Delbert by his mother, especially if he was in trouble, grew up on the family farm. Being the baby of the family had its benefits. His sisters were more like mothers and doted on him hand and foot. His brothers also adored their younger brother and made life easier for him by helping him with chores and mixing in a lot of play. All his brothers were great athletes and Del was no different. His love was hockey. He would tell stories of going after school to the outside rinks in Taber and playing hockey until late into the evening. His father, Fred often was in charge of flooding the ice at the end of the night so Del would stay and play until his dad kicked him off to flood the ice. As a result, Del became a great hockey player and played for the Taber Chefs for a season. He also displayed athletic prowess on the track having been part of a 440 yard relay team that set the provincial record way back in the day.
Del completed high school and immediately started working for his brother Don who owned Beaver Lumber. From there he worked at another lumber yard in Claresholm. Soon he met Delores Slater and after a whirlwind romance, married her on October 31, 1962. Del obtained employment at a custom/brokerage company in Coutts shortly after but not before his son, Randall was born in Taber. Del’s next three children, Arlene, Mark and Kent were all born in Edmonton, where Del studied at the University of Alberta for two years. Financial pressure abundant, Del put his schooling on hold to work for Reid Roller Bit & Co. After a few years there, Del obtained a job in Medicine Hat at Western Cooperative Fertilizers and moved to Redcliff where he would remain (except for a few years in Lethbridge) until his passing. It is in Medicine Hat where Del's last child, Sheldon would be born. Del was academically inclined and having to give up his dream of being a chemical engineer, he focused on other opportunities. He became a journeyman insulator and graduated top of the province winning numerous awards.
Del was actively involved in his children’s lives. He coached hockey, attended plays, sporting events and Christmas concerts. He and Dee took the kids fishing, camping, down to Salt Lake and out to Vancouver. Del was determined to teach his children to work and learn discipline. Saturday mornings were ALWAYS work mornings. No long weekends were ever had without the Monday being a work day in the yard, the house or garage. Discipline was doled out in the forms of belts (combine strappings), extra chores and groundings. The kids remember Del as tough but fair. He was patient but not tolerant of bad behaviour.
The family wish to thank all of the nursing and health care staff at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice as well as the Riverview Care Centre; you are indeed angels of mercy! The Funeral Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1864 Division Avenue N.E, Medicine Hat on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Redcliff Cemetery.
Should friends so desire, memorial donations in Del’s name may be made directly to St. Joseph’s Home, 156 - 3 Street N.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1or to the Riverview Care Centre, 603 Prospect Drive S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4C2.
Following are the links to the recordings of the Chapel Celebration and Graveside Service held in Del's honour. These links will only remain active until July 5, 2021. Anyone wishing to have a permanent copy of these services must ensure they download the recordings to their harddrive before July 5, 2021.
To Dee, Randy, Colleen, Kent, Sheldon and families. It is with heavy hearts that we hear of Del’s passing. You have all been in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. There is sadness but also comfort in the wonderful memories we have of him. He was fun loving, quick to laughter and always up for a good dance! His legacy will be his wonderful family. We love you all and will be joining the live feed memorial on Thursday. 💕
We have fond memories of Del and Dee dancing at several church activities--some for instruction and others for fun. They seemed to float around the cultural hall floor. We were very impressed with the carpentry work - deck and bathroom that Del completed. We will miss his beautiful voice singing in sacrament meeting as well as his sincere testimony. Our love and prayers to Dee and all the family. Hugs
Our sincerest sympathies on Delbert's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to Dee and all of the family. Delbert was a true gentleman with such a kind heart. He will be missed by many. We send our love and prayers
Dear Pickett family,
We love you all and wish you comfort.
“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil” – John Taylor
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to the Pickett families🙏🙏❤
We are so sorry to hear of Del passing away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dee and the whole family. Our most sincere condolences.
We are so sorry to hear of Del’s passing. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to you all, Pickett Family!
Deena West & Allana Bond