Edmund Bickett, 85, of Old Shawneetown, passed away on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 in Evansville.
Edmund was born Feb. 1, 1932 in Owensboro, Ky., the son of the late Henry Louis and Ina Bell (Crowe) Bickett. He married Lula Margaret Head on June 16, 1954.
Edmund served in the United States Air Force. He came to Illinois and bought timber ground along with his brother, James. They cut the timber and operated their own sawmill. They cleared land, which the family now calls the Big Field. He farmed for many years and was owner and operator of the Shawnee Package in Old Shawneetown and the Ole Grey Fox in Shawneetown.
Edmund was a Catholic by faith, and was a member of the St. Patrick's Church at Pond Settlement.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; seven children, Susan (Don) Bachmann of Webster Groves, Mo., Ed (Linda) Bickett of Cave-In-Rock, Janice Bickett of Overland, Mo., Donna (Jeff) Short of Ridgway, Tim (Tracy) Bickett of Ridgway, Kim (Shannon) Bickett of Sturgis, Ky., and Laurie (Bob) Marti of St. Louis, Mo.; one brother, Kenneth Bickett; three sisters, Sister Louisa Marie Bickett, Jeanie Calhoun, and Carol Bell; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Edmund was preceded in death by a son, Phillip Bickett; three brothers, Alvin, James and Dennis Bickett; two sisters, Geraldine Owdziej and Lucille O'Neill.
Visitation for Edmund will be held from 9 a.m. until the service time at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Ridgway. Pastor Jean Wills will officiate with burial at the St. Patrick Cemetery at Pond Settlement.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the food pantry in Shawneetown or to the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Internet condolences may be made at the website, www.vickeryfuneralchapel.com.