John James “JP” Pickart, 68, of
Norway, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Funeral
Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 19, 2014 at St.
Michael’s Catholic Church in Norway with Fr. Dennis
Juhl presiding. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Catholic
Cemetery, where full military rites will be conducted. A 3:30
p.m. parish vigil will be held followed by visitation from
4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Church. Brosh
Chapel in Cedar Rapids is in charge of arrangements.
John was born December 9, 1945 in Cedar Rapids, the son of
Cliff and Connie (Disterhoft) Pickart. JP is survived by his
children Michael (Tammy) Pickart of Newhall and Emily Pickart
of Cedar Rapids; two grandchildren Noah and Lillie Pickart;
ex-wife Cheryl Pickart of Cedar Rapids; mother Connie Pickart
of Cedar Rapids; siblings Stella Siver of Cedar Rapids, Tom
(Jill) Pickart of Oelwein, Andy (Sandra) Pickart of Cedar
Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.
John attended St. Michael’s Catholic Grade School and
graduated from Norway High School in 1963. JP served in the
United States Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer from 1966-1969.
He was stationed in Vietnam where he proudly served during
the Tet Offensive of 1968. Following his military service,
he worked as a mechanic in Huntington Beach, California until
returning to Iowa in 1973. JP was self employed as a metal
fabricator for Railings, Inc. and JP’s Hall of Fame
Bar, in Norway, for many years. JP enjoyed fishing, hunting,
racing, card playing, and pool league. He entertained friends
and family on Facebook and turned anything he was part of
into a fun time. He was an avid sports fan, with a lifetime
passion for the Chicago Cubs, and was the PA announcer for
the Norway Bandits baseball team. His home on the Pickart
Century Farm was close to his heart, where he cherished spending
family time, especially with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, three infant siblings,
and a brother-in-law John Siver.
A memorial fund has been set up, If you would
like to contribute donations can be sent to:
Benton County State Bank
212 Locust Street N.E.
Blairstown, Iowa 52209