Donald R. Pickford

Donald R. Pickford, 90, of Decatur passed away on September 12, 2018 at his residence. He was born on Tuesday, August 28, 1928 in Decatur to Fred and Lavina (Beer) Pickford. He was married on March 20, 1954 to Shirley Butler.

He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was an MP serving in Alaska. He retired from Ryder Truck Rental. After retirement, he drove cars for area car dealers. He loved Indian artifacts, go cart racing, any kind of car racing, and he loved riding motorcycles.

He was a lifelong member of Zion United Church of Christ in Decatur, where he served as a trustee, and sang in the church choir. He was a member of the American Legion Post #43 and a volunteer fireman for the Decatur Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife of Decatur; three daughters, Tonja (Douglas) Anweiler; Lequetta Hamrick; and Joletta "Jody" (Jim) Jones, all of Decatur; nine grandchildren, Jessica (Andy) Lee; Donald (Jackie) Myers; Lindsey (Nick) Irwin; Casey Hamrick; Orey Hamrick; Annie Pickford; Haylee (Caleb) Holman; Kermit Buckingham; and Sam Buckingham; and 10 great-grandchildren, Audrey and Justin Lee; Logan Myers; Addilyn and Molly Irwin; Taylor Pickford; Braiden and Aubree Smith; and Titus and Liam Holman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Fred Pickford, Jr.; two sisters, Bernice Barte; and Mary Harshman; half-brother, Steve Pickford; and great-grandson, Jaden Myers.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 16 at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17 at the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Randy Rossman. Burial will be at Decatur Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Family LifeCare or Zion United Church of Christ.

Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. To sign the online guestbook, visit