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Dr. John C. Pickett

October 3, 1942 - November 3, 2023


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    Susan Wales says

    John and Ann were members of our Fla. Villages
    Golf group. We loved them and will miss them.
    John made us laugh with his funny jokes and they both were great hosts; a specialty was their delicious
    Eggs Benedicts. John was a wonderful man..
    Dave & Susan Wales

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    John Kruggel says

    Dr. Pickett was an amazing man. I knew him for much of my formative years. He was an amazing father, a great Scout leader, and an all around great guy. He was full of crazy amounts of random trivia and keen knowledge that he loved to share with all of us when we would visit the Pickett household. The world was a better place with him in it and will seem a little smaller now that he is gone. My heart goes out to the entire Pickett family.

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    Tom Bartels says

    As a fellow Cary Club resident and fellow Reamer, I have many fond college memories with John. May his family and friends find comfort in his life well lived.

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    L. William Smith says

    John was a room mate Of mine for two years with me in Cary Hall. I first day we were room mates he came in from a early class and started to sing a country song. I was still a sleep and after i woke up I asked hiim to refrain for doing this.. Or words like that. John and I and several other Cary hall residents would go out to a state park and sing songs and yall out chears. One time John decider to drink a rum and coke. After a few of these he started to drink the rum neat. On the way back to Cary he asked me to stop several times to throw up.. I think he never drunk rum again. If fact if you asked him if he wanted to drink rum, John would turn white.. To my knowledge he never touched rum again

    John and became life long friends and always saw each other when we attended Purdue Football games and many Reamer club events. It was my previlege to sit with John during and Century Dinner of the Reamer Club.

    For its always fair weather if you are a Reamer.

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    Mike Sheahan says

    My wife, Patt, and I were saddened to hear of Dr. John Pickett’s passing, as he held so many cherished roles in our family’s lives. As Veterinarian, he cared for Patt’s mother’s (and my mother-in-law’s), Alma’s, cats over the years. And when I was associated with the American Animal Hospital Association’s Veterinary Management Institute in Purdue’s Krannert Executive Education Programs, he served as an expert presenter in the Strategic Thinking module. He was a most credible source on the process of transforming a sole-practitioner clinic to a corporate-affiliated practice. But neither was he all business, as he regaled our dinner party one charmed evening over authentic Tex-Mex cuisine, margaritas, and micheladas at AAHA’s Annual Meeting in San Antonio. And likewise, when Patt and I moved to Florida, we were delighted to learn that he and Ann were close by, catching up with them at various Purdue Club events in The Villages. He will be much missed by all who thoroughly enjoyed his legendary care, sparkling wit, and ready smile. We send our heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers to Ann and to all the family.

    – Mike and Patt Sheahan

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Dr. John C. Pickett 1942 -2023

John C. Pickett, Jr., 81, of Lafayette, Indiana, passed away on November 3, 2023. He was born on October 3, 1942, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the oldest of 8 children to “Charlie” and Joanna Pickett of Sheridan. John was the husband of Ann J. Pickett and a loving father to Jack Pickett and his wife Lisa Arafune, Heather Perica and her husband Thomas Perica, and Luke Pickett and his wife Angela Pickett. He adored his grandchildren, JP and Ella Pickett, Carl and Edward Perica, and Allison and Charlie Pickett. John is also survived by his sister Janet Mundy of Anderson and brother-in-law David Sanders of West Lafayette.
After graduating from Sheridan High School in 1960, John enrolled at Purdue University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences. He was then accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine to pursue his passion for veterinary science. While at Purdue he became an active member of the Reamers Club and was the President of Cary Quad. He earned his Purdue DVM degree in 1969.
Most importantly, he met his beloved wife Ann while completing his undergraduate studies. Following graduation, John went into private practice and became the owner of the Lafayette Veterinary Hospital, now known as VCA-Lafayette Animal Hospital. His dedicated service to his patients and the veterinary medical profession was recognized in 1993 when he was selected as a recipient of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. John also was very active in the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) and served as the IVMA President in 1988. John enjoyed a variety of hobbies including gardening. He was a Master Gardener, showcasing his green thumb: cultivating beautiful landscapes, wildflowers, and especially tomatoes. John was also highly involved with the Boy Scouts of America and Kiwanis International, where he dedicated his time to
making a positive impact in the community.
Friends and family are invited to attend memorial services for John, which will be held at First Christian Church of Lafayette on Sunday, November 19. The visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a service following at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Purdue DVM General Scholarship Program at https://connect.purdue.edu/inmemoryofdrjohnpickett The family would like to thank the staff from Franciscan Hospice for their exceptional care. John C. Pickett, Jr. will be deeply missed by all who knew him. May his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration to those whose lives he touched.