RIO RANCHO, N.M. —
Leander (Lee) A. Pickard, 94, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Rio Rancho, N.M. He was born April 14, 1918, in Hornell, N.Y., to Adah Griswold Pickard and Leander G. Pickard.
Leander (Lee) is survived by his wife of 72 years, Welma Bates Pickard; sons, Leander G. Pickard and Kenneth D. Pickard, daughter-in-law, Renee Pickard, and a grandson, Ronald K. Pickard, of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter, Karen L. Pickard of Rio Rancho; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and loved ones.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Marian Pickard of Idyllwild, Calif., and Marilyn Simms of Canisteo, N.Y.
Lee was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked for 38 years as a switchman and conductor on the railroad and retired from ConRail.
He came to New Mexico in 1987 from Meadville, where he had lived for 20 years before becoming a resident for Rio Rancho. Lee joined Covenant Christian Church in Rio Rancho and helped build the church on Iris Road and served as Sunday school teacher and elder for many years. Lee was an avid sports fan and his favorite teams were the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns.
A memorial service will be held at Covenant Christian Church, 6380 Iris Road N.E. in Rio Rancho, on Saturday at 11 a.m.
To view information or leave a condolence, please visit danielsfuneral.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Family Funeral Services, 2400 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho.