Donald (Don) Arthur Bickford of Tilton New Hampshire died peacefully at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, July 29, at the Tilton Veterans Home. He was 92.
Don was born in Rumney, New Hampshire on May 20, 1926 to Preston Bickford and Mary (Baker) Bickford and was a lifelong native of the state.
He was a veteran of both the Army and the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. Don's time in the military was a highlight of his life and he enjoyed talking about it often, recalling stories, events, and people.
Also very meaningful to Don was his trip to Washington, DC, at 90, with Honor Flight, the veteran’s organization, which pays the airfare for our veterans and takes them on a tour of the city's World War II and Lincoln monuments, Arlington National Veteran's Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
In addition, Don was a member of the American Legion, Post 45 and in 2016, received an award for 65 years of continual, dues-paying membership.
After serving, Don worked at the Tilton Leather Shop for many years before becoming a janitor
for the Tilton-Northfield School District. He had a great sense of humor and told numerous corny jokes to his children and grandchildren, all of whom love and miss him.
Donald was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Minnie (Rollins) Bickford, two brothers, Kenneth Bickford and Paul Bickford of Tilton, sisters: Katherine Davis of Tilton and Eleanor Bickford who died at infancy, and a grandson, David A. Bickford, Jr..
Survivors include his sister, Lillian Kimball of Northfield, and children: David A. Bickford of Tilton, Dennis P. Bickford of Meredith, Douglas T. Bickford of Franklin, Linda M. Morris of Fayetteville, GA, Richard L. Bickford of Pembroke, Randall W. Bickford of Franklin, and Theresa A. Ludwick of Tilton, as well as 22 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be at Paquette-Neun Funeral Home, 104 Park St., Northfield on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 from 3-5:00 pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Aug. 6, at 11 am at Assumption Church, Chestnut St., Tilton. Burial will follow at NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen at 1:00 pm.
Donations in memory of Mr. Bickford may be made to the NH Veterans Home Patient Activities Fund, 139 Winter St., Tilton, NH 03276.
For directions and an online guestbook, please visit www.neunfuneralhomes.com
NH Veterans Home Patient Activities Fund
139 Winter St., Tilton NH 03276