Reid Haskell Pickard

Reid Haskell Pickard was born on September 18, 1958, to Erica Carlan Pickard and Dr. Clarence Mott Pickard at Boone Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He died at his home in Overland Park, Kansas on January 16th, 2024 from complications of cancer. His parents both predeceased him, as well as his sister, Lydia (Pickard) Schoene.

He is survived by two brothers, Carlan Brent Pickard of Columbia, and Emmett Blair Pickard, also of Columbia.

He attended University Lab School from Kindergarten through the 6th grade, then attended Columbia Public Schools until he graduated from Hickman High School in 1976. After High School, he attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and the University of Kansas at Lawrence, where he studied Art, Design and Music. He was a talented artist, and applied his creative energies to everything from home improvement projects to interior design and landscaping, as well as woodworking, oil painting and drawing.

In his working life, he spent many years in the grocery business as a Meat Cutter, and also worked in the wholesale meat business as an Account Manager. He worked for several years in building maintenance at Honeywell Corporation in Kansas City, and his most recent position was Building Maintenance Supervisor for U.S. Engineering Corporation, where his keen eye, attention to detail, and caring attitude served him well.

He will be remembered by those who knew and loved him as someone who never settled for anything less than what he considered to be the best.

A memorial service will be held in Columbia, Missouri at a later date.


  1. Andy Jacks on January 29, 2024 at 12:35 pm

    I remember Reid from when we lived at Mark Twain dorm. He was a genuine nice guy who always had a big smile.

  2. Janet Pauley on January 30, 2024 at 7:57 am

    The Lab School kids were tightly bonded together. I have many amazing memories of Reid.

  3. Charles Nickolaus on February 6, 2024 at 3:44 pm

    Have so many memories of Reid. He was always such a talented artist. We grew up in the same neighborhood and would hangout together. The bridge nest his childhood home is being repaired and I remember playing in the creek. Will miss you my friend

  4. Wayne Pickard on April 29, 2024 at 4:07 pm

    This news takes me by such surprise and so much sadness!

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