Connie L. Pickner
Funeral services for Connie L. Pickner, 75, of Chamberlain were held at 11:00 am Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Fort Thompson Community Center in Fort Thompson with burial in the Riverview Cemetery at Chamberlain. Wake services were at Friday at 7:00 pm at the Fort Thompson Community Center in Fort Thompson. Connie Lee Pickner was born October 11, 1944 to Boyd Neeman and Lelia Boettcher in Lincoln, Nebraska. She lived in Douglas, Nebraska before moving to Unadilla, Nebraska where she attended school through the sixth grade. Connie then moved to Fairbury, Nebraska to stay with Alvin and Loraine Boettcher where she attended junior high and began high school. When her family moved to Pawnee City, Nebraska before moving in with her dad Boyd and Arla Neeman at Elm Wood, Nebraska where she finished high school and graduated in 1962. Connie was united in marriage to Boyd Pickner Sr. and to this union 13 children were born.
They lived in the area for a short time before moving to California. They returned to Fort Thompson around 1968 where Connie worked until 1973 when they moved back to California. In 1977 they returned to Crow Creek area and Connie began working as a bus driver and custodian first for the Crow Creek High School and then for Crow Creek Head Start. In 1992, Connie moved out to Rapid City where she continued her education. She returned to the area around 1997 where she began her Administrative position with the Head Start program. During her career with Head Start she worked in all capacities throughout the program. Connie passed away December 11, 2019 at home in Chamberlain at the age of 75 years.
Gratefully sharing her life are her children Crystal Pickner of Howard, SD, Boyd (Debbie) Pickner Jr. of Kimball, SD, Angela Pickner of Chamberlain, SD, Elmer Pickner Sr. of Mitchell, SD, Donald Pickner of Chamberlain, SD, Kurtus (Holly Taber) Pickner of Chamberlain, SD, Helen (David Sr.) Abernathy of Pukwana, SD, Jane (Adrian Sr.) Medicine Crow of Pukwana, SD, Faith (Frank) McGee of Edmond, OK, Gregory "Butch" (Lorna Harrison) Pickner, Sr. of Chamberlain, SD, Idiemae (Mike) Laabs of Brandon, SD, Joshua (Brittney Rose) Pickner Sr. of Oacoma, SD, Thaddeus (Amanda) Pickner Sr. of Chamberlain, SD; 57 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; sisters Trudy and Shirley; brother Lornie; and many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents Lelia Boettcher and Boyd Neeman; her husband
Boyd Pickner Sr., and grandchildren Garrett Pickner, Acacia Medicine Crow, and Sierra Abernathy.