FAYETTEVILLE — John W. Pickard, 87, of Fayetteville, Ark. passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at the Circle of Life Hospice facility. He was born on August 13, 1924, in Bodcaw, Ark. (Nevada County). He was the son of George and Opal Pickard.

FAYETTEVILLE — John W. Pickard, 87, of Fayetteville, Ark. passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at the Circle of Life Hospice facility. He was born on August 13, 1924, in Bodcaw, Ark. (Nevada County). He was the son of George and Opal Pickard.

Mr. Pickard has a long and distinguished military career and loved our country. He joined the US Army in April, 1942 and was stationed in England prior to the invasion of Europe. He served as part of a group of “Code Breakers” while in England. He was part of the D-Day invasion force on June 6, 1944 and landed on Omaha Beach. He served in Europe for the remainder of WWII. He participated in the battles of northern France, the Battle of the Bulge and Rhineland. He was awarded five bronze stars during WWII. He also served in combat during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Pickard retired from the US Air Force in 1966 after 24 years of service. He truly was part of the Greatest Generation.

Mr. Pickard also served as a faculty member at Watson Chapel High School and retired from teaching in 1986. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing. He was a very active member of the Pine Bluff civic actives where he served as president of the Watson Chapel Lions Club and earned a Life Member Award for his service.

Mr. Pickard loved the Lord and was a long time Baptist. He was saved at Corinth Baptist Church (Nevada County) at age 15. He was a faithful member for 35 years at Watson Chapel Baptist Church (Pine Bluff) where he was director of the senior Sunday school department and a recent member of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

Preceding him in death are his parents, George and Opal Pickard and one brother, Neeolen Pickard. He leaves his loving wife of 57 years, Dolores Pickard, two children, Dr. Rita Officer and her husband Larry Delashmit of Fayetteville, Dr. Dennis and Nancy Officer of Lexington, Ky. and two grandchildren, Katie and Stewart Officer of Lexington, Ky.; one sister, Winnie Semon of Orlando, Fla.

Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church Chapel in Fayetteville at 10-11 a.m., November 28, 2011, with funeral services at 11 a.m. Dr. Douglas Falknor will conduct the funeral service. Burial at the National Veterans Cemetery in Fayetteville.

The family request memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1324, Fayetteville, Ark. 72702 or the Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Ark. 72762.

Arrangements are under the direction of Beard’s Chapel of Fayetteville, 479-521-8551.