|Death: ||May 2, 2008|
Burton Carrol Bickford died Thursday, May 2, 2008.
"Bick" was born in Corning, Iowa and raised there until he left to attend the University of Nebraska. After his freshman year, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and began his journey through 50 years of military service. He served as a navigator flying 52 missions in World War II; in the Air Force Medical Corps treating soldiers in Korea and finally in the reserve corps. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.In
1952 Bick graduated from the University of Iowa School of Dentistry. He went to Ottumwa, Iowa and began a distinguished career as a dentist and oral surgeon serving the community for 40 years. In addition to his many civic involvements, he entertained himself and others through his involvement in the local theater company, most memorable were his portrayal of the King in the King and I; John Proctor in the Crucible and his distinctive tenor voice in the quartet in The Music Man. Somehow too, Bick managed always to be building something. He was a fine craftsman. He was the kindest and gentlest of men with an endearing sense of humor and an engaging wit. He was dearly loved and will be missed terribly by his family and friends. Bick was truly one of the greatest of the "Greatest Generation".
He is survived by his three children, Reji DiNicola, Jill and Ted Bickford; his three grandchildren, Julian, Percy and Ophelia Bickford; his son-in-law, James DiNicola; and his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Schofield-Bickford.
Services will be at Arlington National Cemetery, pending arrangements by his family.
Arlington National Cemetery
Created by: Flintstone
Record added: May 06, 2008
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