Lee Irving Pickering died April 27, 2009

Lee Irving Pickering passed away on April 27, 2009, in Independence, Missouri. He was born to Mary Louise (Fligg) Pickering and Russell Cravens Pickering in Independence, Missouri, April 14th, 1940. He remained in Independence in his early life, schooled at Bryant Elementary and William Chrisman High School, graduating in 1958. He was a member of the Order of DeMolay and a Chevalier. He attended Graceland College, Kansas City Junior College, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, and Park College for undergraduate study, receiving a bachelor of arts in biology and chemistry in 1963. He entered the University of Missouri, School of Medicine, and completed the degree of M.D. in 1967. He interned (children’s and adult medicine) and completed a residency in internal medicine by 1971 at Menorah Medical Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital, and the University of Kansas Hospital. During his residency, he was the cofounder / physician of the Westport Free Health Clinic, now the Kansas City Free Health Clinic, and later served on its Founder’s Committee. He entered military service in 1971, and served three years in Mannheim and Bad Kreuznach, Germany as a Major, U.S. Medical Corp. Upon completion he and his family returned to the Kansas City area. He joined Midwest Medical Clinics and later the Jacomo Primary Care Clinic in Independence, Missouri. He was Boy Scout Troop 160 Committee Chairman in the 1980s and Troop Campmaster for several years at Bartle Scout Reservation. He remained in Independence as a practicing physician for 27 years, serving on the staffs of Independence Regional Health Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs. He served on the Board of Trustees of Independence Regional Health Center for 11 years, was President of the Medical Staff, and Chairman of the Credentials Committee and the Medical Informatics Committee for many years, and was instrumental in authoring their medical staff credentialing system. He helped implement into practice one of the first computerized medical offices in Missouri in 1994, and retired from practice in September of 2001. At retirement he returned to college to learn computer science languages and information systems. He was a tutor to a number of classes of elementary school children in the Raytown and Center School Districts, and a Youth Friend to students there. He belonged to the Native Sons of Greater Kansas City and served as Chairman of the Alexander Majors’ House Committee, as well as the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri. He was an active CASA volunteer in Jackson County in his retired years and was volunteer guardian ad litem to several medically indigent children.

He leaves an adored wife, Kathryn Aileen (Hahn) Pickering, whom he married in 1964, and three greatly loved children: Geoffrey E. Pickering, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Christian L Pickering, of California, Missouri, and Mary Jo Rodgers, of Smithville, Missouri; their spouses Cecily, Barbara, and Dan Rodgers; much loved grandchildren: Gavin, Audrey, Nathan, Rachel, Carter, William, Ainsley, Kristen, and Sutton; a brother, Russell, of Washington D.C., and many family members and friends. His life was an expression of fulfillment in the pursuit of learning, and of being a husband, father and grandfather to his cherished family, physician and friend to his patients, and mentor to students.

A memorial service and celebration of his life are to be held Saturday, May 2nd, at 2:00 in the afternoon, at Country Club Congregational Church of Christ, 205 W. 65th St., Kansas City, MO 64113. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please help us celebrate his dedication to the Kansas City Free Health Clinic, 3515 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111, (816) 777-2762. Disposition by cremation.