Joe  Bickford
B. Joe Bickford, was born April 21, 1946 in Sterling, Kansas to Charles Henry and Neta Pearl(Willhoite) Bickford.

The family moved to Tiawah when he was three years old. He went to school in Tiawah and Claremore. He attended Northeast Tech in Pryor where he took automotive classes. He opened Bickford Auto Repair as a road side auto repair service with a van and his hands.

Later he bought United Wrecker Service where he soon expanded his fleet to two semi wreckers, a roll back and a wheel-lift wrecker. After he closed the auto repair/towing service, he opened a convenience store on East Hwy 20. From there hr opened another store, BJ's Pit Stop, in Verdigris, Trecia (Trisha) served the Verdigris area for 11 years when they retired to the farm.

Joe was proud of his cattle. He started a "commercial" herd and soon went to the Braunvieh, and a few years later to angus. Then he bought Buddy, his black hereford bull, and now has a fine herd of "black baldies" (black angus with white faces). Once in a while a red calf would be born, much to his dismay. The stockyard buyers always knew the black baldies were the best for beef.

Of course with cattle you have to bale hay and different people kept Joe busy all summer baling round and square bales. A lot of times they wanted their pastures baled to keep them clean. He wouldn't just bale anything, if it had weeds and trash he would refuse "I don't want that junk on my place".

Along with keeping the cattle healthy he was keeping all the pecan trees cleaned up under. To have a stick on the ground or a weed growing was almost more than he could stand. His property in Tiawah went from being an overgrown acreage to a beautiful ranch.

He was devoted to his wife, Trecia, and their daughters and grandchildren.
of course he needed Trecia to be close by, he was always needing another cup of coffee. They were married December 29, 1967 in Claremore and their next anniversary would have been 52 years together.

Joe was hurt in a skiing accident in 1970 when Kathryn was 8 months old and had numerous back surgeries, hip replacements, a triple bypass, stints,a pace maker and various other surgeries, but it never stopped him. He was always striving to better his property and cattle.

Joe felt the touch of the Master's Hand on his life in about 1990 and continued to serve the Lord until his last breath. He and Trecia, along with Kathryn, were members of God's Amazing Grace church in Catoosa and no matter how much pain he was in, he wanted to be in the house of the Lord. They also enjoyed going to Sequoyah Full Gospel church where they had raised their girls.

Joe is survived by his wife, Trecia, of the home; daughters Kathryn and husband David Bolen of Catoosa and Kimberleigh Grace and husband Steve Bickford of Holiday, Florida. Grandsons; Landon Plunk of Pryor: Trevor Bickford ,USAF, of Broken Arrow: Korbin Bickford, US Army, colorado Springs, Colorado: Paul Bolen of Broken Arrow. Grandaughters; Kyleigh Bickford of Holiday, Florida: Kurstin Bickford Beam of Claremore and Sarah Gonzales of Broken Arrow. He is also survived by his brother, LaVan Bickford of Claremore and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Henry and Neta Pearl Bickford. Seven brothers: Jim, Leon, Dean, Leo, Wayne, Stanley and Billy; and five sisters: Marie, Cleta, Alpha Lenora(infant), Margaret Lavella (infant) and Dolly.
Published on October 14, 2019


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Rusty Tuggle
Oct 26, 2019
I hate to see him go and he done a lot of mechanic work and pull us out when stuck in a ditch or a mud hole in a pasture. I lived in Verdigris for couple of yrs and when the tornado hit Catoosa in 93 the electric was out but he kept the store open and coffee made for the troopers , I got trapped on the back roads from Tulsa and me and my got home we went to the store and scene they was open got something to eat and that was outstanding of them to help the community out. Everytime I seen he always spoke with a smile.
Joe Garber
Oct 25, 2019
Sorry to hear about Joe. We spent several times together, with his wrecker, when I was at the sheriff's office.
Grace Hancock Lobermier
Oct 25, 2019
Trish And girls I am sorry for your loss.
Joe is definitely in good Hands and so are you. God knows your sorrows and needs and He is the Almighty and will shower blessings on you.
Lynn & James
Oct 23, 2019
Sorry for your loss sending prayers to the family.
Lynn & James
Oct 23, 2019
Sorry for your loss sending prayers to the family.
Booger John Seago
Oct 16, 2019
Joe always had to punch me or arm wrestle me. Never could beat him. He was quite a Joe, will miss him. First time we met in Claremore he gave me the one finger howdy and told me to go (yeah) myself. He mistook me for "Wild Bill" of Claremore. lol..We always had a good laugh about that day. Trish will remember.
Joe heape
Oct 15, 2019
Joe was a man of many talents I’m not sure there wasn’t anything that man couldn’t do. I’ll never forget the first time ever meeting joe was with my good friend Austin who was working for joe at the time and I cussed in front of him and he was quick to correct me with his cane. And at first I didn’t know how to take it but after getting to know the man more over time I soon learned that the man was as good as they get on the inside would give you the shirt off his back if he felt it was needed but was also as tough as boot leather. He most definitely was set in his ways on the ranch and it most definitely shows loved goin out there just to sit and talk with him and help when I coul...d you will most definitely be missed sir thank you for all the life lessons that I will never forget you helped make me the man I am todayRead more
Joan and Albert Thorne
Oct 15, 2019
We are sad to hear of Joe's passing but know that he is in a much better place. We send our love and prayers to Trecia and girls. His quick humor and funny personality will be missed. Tough as leather on the outside and soft as a kitten on the inside! Love Ya Joe!