James Pickett, 88, of Preston

James Alden Pickett, 88, of Preston, died Sunday, July 14, 2019, at the Ostrander Care Center.

He was born on March 21, 1931, in Carimona Township near Preston, the son of Edwin "Alden" and Esther (Utley) Pickett. He was raised on a farm and graduated from Preston High School in 1949. After graduation, he joined the Army, served two years based at Fort Sill, Okla., during the Korean conflict, and was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal. After completing his army service, he returned to Preston and farmed with his parents, purchasing the family dairy farm when his parents retired.

On May 11, 1968, he married Elaine (Johnson) Lindorff. He willingly accepted her seven children and lovingly treated them as his own. Jim and Elaine lived on their farm two miles west of Preston and remained there after their retirement. They loved to travel together and enjoyed browsing antique and flea markets. Jim and Elaine shared 43 years of marriage before she died on May 20, 2011. Jim moved from his farm to Park Lane Estates in Preston in December 2017.

He was a lifelong member of Preston United Methodist Church, where he co-chaired the annual codfish dinner for a number of years.

He was an active member of the Preston American Legion. He served as an officer and was a proud member of the color guard.

He also served on the Carimona Cemetery board and on the board of Fountain Township for 37 years. He volunteered many hours at the Fillmore County Historical Society's museum and served as president on their board of directors.

He was known for the tasty lefse he made for family on holidays and at one time joined with a friend to make and sell enough lefse to pay for vacations to Hawaii and Aruba with their wives.

He enjoyed outdoor activities and tasks around his farm, along with driving the countryside in his pickup truck to check on how his neighbors' and friends' crops were progressing. He also enjoyed socializing with friends, especially the morning coffee group, reading, bird watching, and viewing movies, westerns, and many kinds of sporting events.

He is survived by six stepchildren, Judith (Steven) Allen of Rochester, James Lindorff of Manchester, N.H., Steven (Dianne) Lindorff of Atlantic Beach, Fla., Jacqueline (John) Hoegh of Rushford, Glenda Lindorff of Rochester, and Kristi (Kiel) Anderson of Preston; son-in-law, Peter Kraetsch of Sammamish, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, George Pickett of Waukon, Iowa, William (Shirley) Pickett of Oakdale, and Robert (Arlouene) Pickett of Preston; and a sister, Eunice Kistner of New Hope; nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elaine; one stepdaughter, JeLaine Kraetsch; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 19, at Preston United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Stoeger officiating. Burial was in Carimona Cemetery in rural Preston.