Willard Richard Pickering

Dec. 11, 1929 – Aug. 22, 2018

Willard Richard Pickering, age 88, passed away Aug. 22, 2018, at his home, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 11, 1929, to Ernest A. Pickering and Mary Ann Winsor in St. George, Utah. He was the youngest of six children.

Willard married Etta Ruth Bagshaw in the St. George temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 25, 1952. He served in the military during the Korean War where he was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. After his time of service he moved back to Enterprise, Utah, where he owned his own farm. He grew corn, potatoes and hay. In the younger years of farming, he sold eggs to many stores in Southern Utah and southern Nevada.

He enjoyed supporting his kids and grandkids in their high school activities and supported all of the Enterprise High School sports.

Willard was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served faithfully in many callings.

Willard is survived by his wife of 66 years and their children: Dave (Shirley) Pickering, Eric (LaDawna) Pickering, Camie (Lynn) Foremaster, all of Enterprise, Dana (Teresa) Pickering of St. George, and Marlene Mendenhall (Darrell Unger) of Forks, Washington; 26 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren with two more on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings: Marie, Arthur, Perry, Leah and Wendall; grandson, Steven Pickering, and a son-in-law, Ray Mendenhall.

Funeral services

  • Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. at the Enterprise LDS Stake Center, 80 South Center Street, Enterprise, Utah.
  • Visitations will be held at the stake center Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and Monday, prior to services, from 10-10:45 a.m.
  • Interment will be in the Winsor Memorial Cemetery, Enterprise, Utah.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.

For condolences, full obituary and funeral listings please visit Metcalf Mortuary online.


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